thread of life

“thread of life” sketch, 2010

‘Thread of life’  is designed as a light memorial construction; it carries a thread which runs along the wooden elements. The thread is embroidered on perforated wooden boards and can form a variety of images; from totally abstract traces to a faint portrait, a date, a name or a symbol connected to the life of the deceased. The thread, apart from its visual presence,  also gives a tangible experience. Felt with eyes closed, it touches to the remembrance of the homemade warmth while in fact being in the openness of nature. The monument is susceptible to weather and time; it will change color and eventually its shape will be deformed. It has a life expectancy of 3 to 5 years, long enough to allow the body to pass in its final state of minimum existence.

Initially the monument was placed in three locations marking a line from South to North. These are their stories:

In the desert of Nigeria, the monument existed for almost a  year without alteration, despite the hot sun, until it disappeared most probably during a sand storm. However, it is not certain if its disapperance is a work of nature or of man.

In the black forest of Germany, eighteen months after its placement, the wooden parts had become green and their shape had changed drastically; the  thread had disappeared, most probably gathered by birds and little animals. There are still pieces of the construction laying on the ground; only for those who can distinguish it as a former art object.

In Northern Finland, the monument rested well on ice. Tourists in the area reported that parts of it had become transparant just a few months after its placement; later, the  snowy owl  was seen sitting on it every night for a week; sometime in December was that. The same week was the last that the structure stayed in place before taking a slide on the ice and ending up in the water. This was never actually confirmed; tourists claimed that the monument was carried away on a slay during the night. The driver of the slay was never identified. The artist did not request a police investigation; she preferred to engolph this theory as an alternative ending to the story of her construction. The work was then complete.


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