Sculpture: Breaking is also making


[flickr id=”6971945766″ thumbnail=”small” overlay=”true” size=”large” group=”” align=”left”] Back in the auditorium after Lucy’s drawing workshop and Mette’s photography session, participants heard about how Joanna was inspired by her own experiences of broken bones, and by crutches used in Japan to hold up struggling tree branches, to create the delicate bone china twigs you can see in the photo. The twigs are individually molded, cast, assembled, and finished, and and make a surprisingly musical sound when handled…. Or broken!

Joanna has used the twigs in a series of installations; piled together as a carpet that crumbles underfoot, or woven into delicate walls that fall apart as people try to pass between them. Joanna’s work explores how breaking can be a creative act, and can change how we think about what was broken. After visiting a ‘behind the scenes’ room at Medical Museion, where medieval skeletons from Æbelholt monastery are being prepared for storage, Joanna gave us one final challenge – to each choose, and then break, one of the last existing twigs from her project. We gathered the fragments in tissue-lined boxes along with labels detailing the date the mould was made, and the date the last twig from that mould was broken. Joanna writes:

When people participate in my artwork there is always an element of uncertainty as each person’s reaction contributes to the event. I wanted each participant to experience breaking first hand because this is the best way to understand breaking on an experiential level. There is an empowering element of freedom in breaking that contrasts with the destructive loss. Before the event I worried that no one would be willing to explore the experience so I was relieved when a woman started the breaking and everyone (except for one person…) embraced the activity fully.

Below you can see photos from the workshop, and if you took part let us know about your experiences in the comment box below… You can also see a short film of the event including footage of the breaking here.


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