I began a tribute to Heather Heyer called Rest in Outrage.
Shortly after the vile act of terrorism which took her life, we witnessed another – the atrocity of Las Ramblas in Barcelona. So I’ve felt compelled to cast my gaze back to my beloved childhood haunts, and stretch my tribute work across these two traumatic events.
I’m using labels for my tribute, which I’ve worked with in the past, especially during another tribute to Alec Wainman (2014). Looking back through some of my archive boxes I’ve found two further examples of label work, which now seem prescient. They could even have been made for Rest in Outrage.
I’m not clairvoyant of course, but my practice while seemingly fragmentary at times becomes coherent retrospectively.
The colourful Landscapes of Resistance labels were made in response to Trump’s inauguration (Jan 2017). In 2013, I made labels with fragments of printed family photographs featuring Barcelona among other places. It seems I was beginning my journey towards my current preoccupations back then.
I’m so glad I can use them to some purpose, that somehow this work hooks up and begins to make sense. My work may be as simple and inconsequential as finding missing sock and making a pair, but it’s all I can do.
3 thoughts on “A growing tribute and a question of labels. #HeatherHeyer #Ramblas”
Loving this work Sonia… I tøø understand the coherence found when looking backwards. Our thoughts and obsessions carry us through it all, and it’s only when we look back we spot them, marking time and space. They provide points of reference as we move onwards and forwards, as we must. We are tied to them all…. Apron strings…. So of course we must return periodically, just to check….
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Very insightful, Sonia. Keep up the good work!