‘Cause I work so hard to make it everyday

Melissa General

Nov 2 - Dec 15, 2018

A large-scale multimedia work, ‘Cause I work so hard to make it everyday is inspired by a cassette recording of the artist and her cousins as children, she listened through the old cassettes of playing, singing and giggling. Focusing on her sister’s childhood rendition of the Pointer Sisters 1980s hit Neutron Dance (1983), General mixes this with location sound from Six Nations to create a textured layering of soundscapes. These tapes are audio documents of her childhood spent at her Uncle Dave’s house playing with her cousins. At that time their worlds were safe and encompassed the reserve surrounded by family and community. An understanding of movement between belonging and not belonging is a major pursuit symbolized or emblemized in General’s work, as her sense of home is porous to the social factors of moving between Toronto and the reserve.