Installation view, Artcore Gallery, Derby, November 2019
The project combines sculptural installation with sound. Celebrating invisible domestic acts, the project aims to collect and share short stories of the smallest acts of care that make a big difference to other’s lives.
Weaving stories and narratives between sculpture and sound to celebrate and represent women, mothers and domesticity, the installation creates an immersive space for reflection on cultural and societal value place on domestic acts, ‘home workers’ and care.
Small assemblage sculpture made from found domestic objects combined with stoneware figures are displayed on furniture plinths. A quiet hum of stories recorded from the public can be heard from speakers hanging from the celing which can be put to your ear. All of these stories were collected for the latest installation in Derby, telling short stories about an act of care or domesticity performed for the ones they love.
The everyday lives of mothers and carers involve acts that are rarely noticed, never told or re-presented. These are small tributes that make visible the unpaid work that ‘home workers’, mothers and carers perform.
Video of installation at Artcore Gallery, 2019: https://vimeo.com/384479194
Description of show and residency at Artcore Gallery exhibition 28th November 2019-4th January 2020, Albert St., Derby
Full list of sculptures on show: Delpha Hudson_Small Promethean Acts_sculpture list Nov 2019
Hypatia Trust, Chapel Street, Penzance, July 2019
Some of the stories: Small Promethean Acts on Soundcloud
More writing: delpha hudson_small promethean acts
Other projects where clay is used for performance and dialogue: What am I like? Exchange Gallery, 2013