One day, Kate McQuillen was shopping at her local Home Depot, in the market for a six-inch pipe among other materials she needed for her work. As she made inquiries to an employee, the man looked at her and asked: "Lady, are you making a pipe bomb?"
"On one hand I could say 'yes,'" says the Chicago-based artist, who finished an MFA in 2009 at Toronto's York University. "I panicked and ran to the checkout but then, do I pay with cash or with credit? Credit can be traced."