Syringes are very symbolic, invoking a host of different emotional reactions, mostly negative. They can, however, alleviate pain, cure and protect against life threatening diseases and change the way we look and feel about ourselves. Our very existence can depend on one syringe and they therefore deserve our respect and their place in the history of humanity.
My series of syringe sculptures is called Synergy.
” Synergy is the creation of a whole that is greater than the simple sum of its part and comes from the Greek word synergos, meaning cooperating or working together.”
This ethos is reflected in my sculptures, where individual syringes metamorphosize into another form without any structural interference.
The globe sculpture is called ” To Be One ” and the name is inspired by the poem ” To Be One With Each Other ” by George Eliot (Mary Anne Evans)
” What greater thing is there for two human souls
than to feel that they are joined together
to strengthen each other in all labour
to minister to each other in all sorrow,
to share with each other in all gladness,
to be one with each other
in the silent unspoken memories ? ”
The rise of globalisation means a unilateral decision taken by one country can have a negative or positive effect on the other side of the world. Every time I stick down a syringe, I have five seconds to make the right decision, otherwise it negatively impacts on the whole piece and I would have to start all over again.
Personal Structures Group Exhibition
during the Venice Biennale 2017