Working and Grieving
This work is about my loss and grief after my mother’s passing. Her journey, intertwined with mine, who and what she loved, it is a work in progress. In the quest to understand which of these traces have the closest existential relation to her, I experimented with my mother’s photographs, as well as personal documents and handwritten accounts.
Inspired by Anselm Kiefer whose use of materials is loaded with meaning, I also introduced symbolic colours, as well as more meaningful mediums such as paste, glue and ash.
This process also made me realise how hard it is to produce work that is not just sentimental but also engages the viewer with relevance.
This work was inspired by Kintsugi art. It encompasses the passage of time; the purity of the young mind, the innocence and forgiveness of a child; like solid brick walls we stand the test of time but not without our weaknesses, regrets and pains. They make us who we are, eroded and yet richer beings.
This plaster cast of a brick wall (in my house) represents a physical version of today’s social media’s virtual walls, where adepts post thoughts, pictures and messages.
Unlike these social media, it encompasses traces of human value, including mine, whilst being more versatile than a solid brick wall, as it can travel and be displayed in different places, public or private.