Living with Loss
In my work I am attempting to articulate the experience of living a life after losing someone close.
I read the poem ‘Clothes of Heaven’ by W.B. Yeats at my wedding and it is special to me. When I lost my husband, it was like an explosion blowing my world apart. Millions of fragments were tossed up into the air. Now in the aftermath those fragments have come back down again. They have come together differently. I have changed. The world has changed. Particles blown apart group together again to form and reform a constantly changing world.
In this work I aim is to create a space where an individual can just be, a space which engages the senses. Sight is engaged through the patterns, colours and light. The soundtrack which accompanies the animated pattern projection is NASA’s sonification of a deep space image taken by the Hubble Telescope. It creates a pathway back to the foundation of the universe, the Big Bang. The mats are soft, felted and embroidered cloth encouraging the viewer to sit in contemplation in this space. An electronic diffuser emits the scent of Neroli oil which has a soothing effect on the mood.