Lest we forget

‘Curation’ – ‘Lest we forget’

 

This little figure, with her head bowed and a far away look in her eye, is the personification of contemplation and mindfulness. Made entirely from found objects, she wears a little ceramic ‘helmet’, her neck is glass and her body a broken vase decorated with faded foliage and a bird motif.  She was inspired, in part, by my Poppy / Seedheads journal entry.

My late father was an avid reader and writer of poetry although, intensely private, he rarely shared his own verses with anyone during his lifetime. One of his favourite poems was entitled ‘Leisure’ by W H Davies and began “What is this life if full of care, we have no time to stand and stare”.

He was a great believer in taking time to be ‘still’ way before the invention of ‘mindfulness’ and taught me, by example, to study the world and everything in it in great detail. This little figure is the embodiment of that ideal – the importance of taking time to be aware, observe, think, remember and give thanks, whether that be during the two minute silence on Remembrance Day or on any other day of the year.

This world and many of the things in it are fragile and precious – at risk or endangered.  I believe they deserve more of our attention and care.