It’s been getting harder to breathe. In this past year, we have tried to stand tall against an increasingly heavy, tense atmosphere around oxygen, pollution, self-determination and space. The corona epidemic and the constant, heartbreaking news cycle has increased focus on people around the world fighting to breathe, whether because of corona infection, the pandemics restrictions, climate change, regime oppression, political battles or police brutality.
This installation germinated from a need to resist feelings of anxiety and restriction, and to recognize those who were seriously impacted by the coronavirus. The work is made with used bed sheets from Danish hospitals and care homes. Numerous caregivers have made and unmade beds with them countless times. The fabric holds stories and meaning. They carry the evidence of the hundreds of patients who have laid on these sheets, in pain and in relief, hoping and despairing, failing and healing, in fear and in acceptance, asleep and awake, breathing and, no longer breathing.
Ren/Uren (Clean/Unclean) 2021
Used hospital sheets, dye, paint, starch, metal, wood