collecting tears

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image by Jessica Millman

collecting tears invited visitors into see that the trees and other beings are crying and that to shed tears is a powerfully ‘composting tool’. It invited each of us to step in and and share our tears, to never be ashamed of our tears, they too are compost for the earth and for ourselves.

It was during this project that I came to realise the spending time with these sort of works (those that speak of grief and life), to speak with visitors was part of the work – I donned a pair of bilby ears and spoke to visitors about grief and life and encouraged children and adults to gently touch the artwork and what that meant for them (read about the bilby ears here).

I would like to express my gratitude to:

  • Jennine Primmer for her outside-the-box approach to managing and curating a sculpture exhibition
  • Eamonn McLoughlin and his team for their gentle assistance during install, especially getting the strap up around the tree
  • Deborah Redwood for her assistance during the threading process

Sculpture in the Gardens 2023 exhibition dates were: 23 March — 30 April

collecting tears,
powder coating on aluminium, silicon threads, stainless steel fittings, in collaboration with a tree, 220 x 500 x 500 cm, 2023

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