4 x 4 x 4 metres
Suspended hand cut and painted paper, mirrors and text.
Winchester Cathedral. 'Hyde 900 Project'
'Memento' was exhibited in Winchester Cathedral as part of the 'Reimagining Treasures' exhibition. The work was informed by the Liber Vitae, a book covering 507 years of community history, as well as a register of names used during prayers.
The large-scale papercut references issues of memory and reflection. The central bird motifs having long been used to symbolize spiritual states. St John of the Cross saw 'their lightness of being as symbols of the workings of the imagination'. Each bird is a messenger attached to a label, which has a name, date and detail relating to a historical or living local resident. The work reflects the belief that the reciting of a deceased monk or beneficiary’s name would hasten his passage to heaven, whilst concentrating the mind on aspects of mortality and spirituality.
photography by joe low