Thinking about Jenny’s home ancestor shrine and meeting the women involved in this project has led me to explore my own fractured links to a past family and country, with the dislocation and sense of otherness that family separation and migration can induce.
Human scaled and domestic, this shrine-of-sorts helps us examine the precarious relationship between ourselves, our pasts and our present place. Cobbled together from an assemblage of parts of old furniture with an undisclosed history, the sculpture creates new and somewhat disjointed connections, reflecting how we create belonging and identity in our new lives.
Image: After All These Years, Still I Yearn (2018), timber and found objects. Photograph courtesy of Eva Fernandez