Mourning Muriel

This artwork explores loss and memory of the artist’s childhood friend Muriel, who lived to the age of 106. The piece refers to elements of the memory of Muriel such as her blue rinse, pearl necklace and her love of flowers and Quality Street. The piece uses Victorian hair work techniques, which were traditionally used for mourning. The work explores the feelings of loss, which come with ageing, and ultimately the death of our loved ones. It examines how memories can age themselves and how these stories can wear and become romanticised over time.

“Mourning Muriel”

Human hair, synthetic hair, faux pearls, Quality Street wrappers, floristry wire, floristry tape, polyester thread, jewellery box and photograph. (2017)

 

“Mourning Muriel”

(Detail)

Human hair, synthetic hair, faux pearls, Quality Street wrappers, floristry wire, floristry tape, polyester thread. (2017)