November - A reflection on Time
The origins of the phrase 'may you live in interesting times' may never be known . I would argue that today, the nature of time itself is compelling and complex. We are not just living in interesting times but in a troubling and traumatic time period when the measurement of how hours and days pass (and repeat) is marked by a new chronology - Covid Time - which seemingly has no end. As the evenings darken and temperatures drop is it possible to think of better times ahead? I believe that it is. November turns into December and the shortest day is just that - one solstice day - after which days incrementally start to lengthen . At this present time we are shut down, locked in and dark. Time passes slowly for some and quickly for others. Some people don't notice time passing at all . For too many people this was the year that time stopped. These are some of the reflections that were layered into the making of the clock shown above. It had lived, silently, in a box for many years - an inheritance from another time. When I unwrapped it in the studio to start making a cast of it, the mechanism unstuck itself, and I heard it tick for the first time.
Over October Now Into November
In a world where the only certain thing is continuing uncertainty it seems appropriate to continue experimenting in the hope that being open to new ways of thinking and doing might be part of the solution. In the studio, I continue with experiments into how to materialise that which cannot be measured or seen - like a breath or the weight of someone's soul. Allegedly, and if we believe in such things, this is 23 grammes. The bird form shown above weighs 23 grammes. It is hollow and translucent, made from fibreglass tissue and pva glue - gossamer or ectoplasm were not available! As we have just passed Hallowe'en, and today marks the Mexican Day of the Dead, in the midst of another COVID lockdown, one wonders about the combined weight of all the souls of the dead. By how much will this weight increase in the coming weeks, and who should be remembered this year, on Remembrance Day?
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