r///enewal (2014, ceramics)
Based upon the Japanese practice of Kintsugi, which aims to commemorate breakage and transform it into a pivotal structural feature rather than damage, moss was utilised to repair a broken ceramic bowl. By replacing the usual gold lacquer, botany was incorporated into the piece, allowing the material to be taken over and surrendered into growth. The moss actively overtakes and incorporates the destroyed scraps of clay into itself.
Ivan the Terrible and His Son Ivan on November 16, 1581
This painting depicts the historical 16th century story of Ivan the Terrible mortally wounding his son in Ivan in a fit of rage. By far the most psychologically intense of Repin’s paintings, the Emperor’s face is fraught with terror, as his son lay quietly dying in his arms, blood dripping down the side of his face.
Heretics Fork: A medieval torture device which consisted of a two-sided fork. A person wearing it couldn’t fall asleep. The moment their head dropped with fatigue, the prongs pierced their throat or chest, causing great pain. This very simple instrument created long periods of sleep deprivation, which made confessions more likely.