Ourself, Behind Ourself
A sculpture made from dust sheets, fabric hardener, and ink
This title is taken from an Emily Dickinson poem. A reminder that it isn't our perceived spectres which we should be mindful of, but the echo chamber of our minds themselves. Ourself, Behind Ourself is an ongoing piece, most recently installed in Anatomy of Loss at Yorkshire Artspace's Persistence Works Gallery. It was commissioned as part of the Ways of Making exhibitions programme, on the theme of Materiality. The sculpture is intended to hang heavy like an oversized overcoat, and represent the
overwhelming and isolating feeling that grief can often be. However, the piece will also be a focus for remembrance, and bring people together to express and release their own thoughts on loss. Through writing directly onto the surface of the sculpture, the hope is that in some way it may act as a counterbalance to that weight. Eventually, the surface will change colour, as more and more thoughts are written onto it, reflecting that process of accommodation which occurs with grief.