‘things left behind’ – the sea in a box

Today I hand in my box to Judy Thomas to send to Japan.  I have perhaps wandered off task and created something unexhibitable.

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At the bottom of the box – a mirror

The box contains something(s) collected from the beach, A memory – in the form of the poem below and an artwork – a series of printed transparencies, which might work together or might be separate items.  They record the presence on the beach of the items collected but also their existence as transparent, see through memories, already only leaving a trace.  They are not very aesthetic, don’t really relate beyond my act of collection, but can still be triggers for my memory, which through the words and images could be communicated to others or trigger memories in them.

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The first transparent insert – abandoned trainers

 

things left on beaches

are warp and weft

when

time weaves people in fabrics and spaces

 

a pair of trainers

worn and punished

when

he swam out with the current and back with the wind

 

 

a half tennis ball

batted and dog torn

when

rain stopped play and tide took his wicket

 

 

frayed rope end

severed in a storm

when

boat lost the mooring and beached in the creek

 

 

hard plastic mesh

from a shattered creel

when

under the deck the eel lay dying

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The layers together and held against the light.

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