The work encapsulates the idea of the importance in preserving a language. It depicts an individual page in the process of material deterioration. The words inscribed upon the page are demonstrated to remain untouched by the process of decay – their clarity and vitality preserved in the face of such erosion, indicating their ability to escape the mortality which must ultimately be faced by the page itself.
This notion is further developed by the chain of pressed flowers, beneath the page posing as an ad-hoc yet sentimental bookmark. The book – the weight of its pages, its solid, tangible presence – makes possible the preservation of the flower whose life span would naturally be but a fraction of its own. In the process of such preservation, the traditional relationship between fragility and strength in temporal terms is confused as they seem to be lasting longer that the page itself showing the most precious element the words themselves remaining whilst its surroundings fail.
Images shows sculpture 25cm sq with words from the work Dadeni by Mererid Hopwood.
Current sculptures are made with text describing the work itself and pressed dried forget- me-not flowers.
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