Bridging the Gap
My starting point was an image of Josephine Cox a robust woman in 1944 digging graves in Australia.
The woman's job altered by war, no longer the wailing mourner.
While researching the domestic grave goods I became obsessed with the mythical Sin Eater and the idea of absorption of sin.. if only it was that easy.
Folklore suggests in the 19th century in the Welsh Boarders Sin Eaters were paid to eat a meal from the body of the decreased cleansing them of all their sin.
My mind wanders to the results of this job, a lifetime of these morbid meals, meaning that is a poor bloke somewhere rattling around full of sin.
Linking up with the symbolism of fruit I’m looking to create a piece which uses stitch, sponges, old plates, plaster and pomegranates to explore this visual.
Tallying up the deeds on a full belly using the best china, on the journey to the next life.