I am working on this piece for my Flowers for Oberon exhibition. It is constructed from handcrafted nuno felt ( silk , silk thread and Merino wool) silk, and nylon/silk thread and glass beads.
The form of this work - a veil that covers the hair and face- symbolises concealment and protection. Veils , covering the face were often worn to funerals and during times of mourning , concealing and representing grief. Historically veils at funerals were also thought to disguise the faces of relatives from the deceased's ghost, in case it tried to possess them and keep them company. Similarly, the bridal veil was once thought to protect the wearer from the evil eye of malevolent spirits until the bond via ritual was completed.
I am making this veil to wear in a performance video. In the performance I read three poems that I have written about my dad( deceased) , my ancestors and my mum to Oberon's ashes. ( Oberon was my Burmese cat who died from ingesting lilies) . The poems reflect on love, loss, death - on ghosts of the past, memories and events that have transformed and shaped my identity and the futures of my loved ones.
This video work will be accompanied by three handmade, embroidered veils ( work in progress) that cover and conceal three kept and collected objects that are connected to personal memories. The act of covering and veiling these objects, these memories conflate personal memory with sacred and holy objects.
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