Title of work Contentment of Love (Since 600AD)
Date of work 2017
Medium Bone, Cloth, Concrete, Human Hair, Sand from South-East Coast of England and the Thames beach, film projection for Tower gallery version
Dimensions 220cm x 250cm x 45cm
Exhibited Venue The Crypt Gallery, London & Tower Gallery, London
The work is a response to an Arab woman's love poem to her husband written in the 7th Century. The legs are cast from a real couple; with sand collected from South East Coast of England and the Thames beach mixed with concrete. It suggests a couple snuggling in a duvet, making love, but also that they are washed up dead on a shore escaping from a war zone, their spirits dreaming to be together.
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