Working on four previously pre-felted samples I created two lengths of felt and fabric. Textures and layers inspired by explorations of Cape Cornwall hedgerows, walls, rocks, shoreline, sea and boulders. The work is called Our Allotted Span.
Thinking about time, layers, strata, mortality,
loss, legacy, hard facts, soft wrappings.
The piece was installed in and on St. Helen's Oratory
and around and on Brisons Veor - both installations
made under very windy conditions.
Also made in memory of Joan and Alick Rushton
who are represented by each length
I was assisted by their son Andrew, my partner, we remembered their union, their lives and the complexity of all human relationships. We made the final temporary installation on the bench we sat on and looked out to sea, thinking of the two of them sitting together, look out to the horizon and listening to the conversations of wind, waves and birdsong.
“We draw ever nearer to our allotted span of time, bidding it farewell as it trails off " Haruki Murakami - Sputnik Sweetheart
"Human beings are allotted their appointed span of time; the Lord gives, and He takes away" (Job 1:21)
"When I consider the brief span of my life absorbed into the eternity which precedes and will succeed it—memoria hospitis unius diei praetereuntis (remembrance of a guest who tarried but a day)—the small space I occupy and which I see swallowed up in the infinite immensity of spaces of which I know nothing and which know nothing of me, I take fright and am amazed to see myself here rather than there: there is no reason for me to be here rather than there, now rather than then" Blaise Pascal
The full set of images can be viewed here