Turbine Art Fair, 2019
Earth to earth, stone to stone, dust to dust
“Picking up the pieces” is a work that talks about the consequence of collecting yourself after tragedy and dealing with the wreck that is left behind. I started this work when I was trying to process the sudden heartbreaking loss of my mom, in October 2018. I felt my life was in pieces, and slowly I had to start picking up these pieces, but every time you pick up a piece, it has a consequence.
This is also the last work in which Benon Lutaaya, my friend and mentor, had an input.
The pieces in this installation
Some pieces were easier than others, but they were nonetheless very difficult to work with due to the aggressive texture of them. When I completed this process, my hands were bleeding and trembling, full of little cuts and scratches. For me, this was the consequence of dealing with each piece. For the viewer, the consequence is that of time. When you bend down and pick up a rock to examine it, the rock will take the amount of time that is engraved into it, to float back to its starting position close to the ground. When picking up the pieces, there will always be a consequence, whether it is visceral or physical, but the rewards of going through the