Vlad Smolkin’s work is generally concerned with the changing identities of objects across time. For Smolkin, the implications of a given material have to do not only with its physical properties or even its practical use in the world, but also with its historical provenance and exchange value.
Born into a loving family, Lane could find ways not to love them.
Sent into a group of friends, Lane could find a way to make them cruel.
Given educational resources, Lane could find reasons to hide from them.
Offered an opportunity to explain things, Lane could find a way to make fun of it.