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Waiting for Hope - Tracy Lymn and Fiona Meller

BY Stanley Street Gallery | 07-Sep-2016
“I said to my soul be still and wait without hope.” T.S.Eliot (The Four Quartets East Coker III). By employing their different artistic disciplines, Fiona Meller and Tracy Lymn have collaborated to create works that focus on the symbols and talismans associated with hope, luck and good fortune.
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Hope Vanitas D’or - Tracy Lymn
Digital Image Giclee print on photograph paper
Edition 1/5 + 1 AP
Image 50x38cm Framed 73x60cm

Tracy Lymn

Artist Statement
Hope is what gets some people through great tragedies or times of extreme hardship. Every culture has its own symbols of hope and good fortune. I have used some of these symbols to create the works for Waiting for Hope.

I am an avid collector of small objects. My fascination with objects and what they represent informs my work. The 17th century Dutch genre of painting called Vanitas has inspired my photography. Vanitas literally translated is vanity. A Vanitas is a still life including objects that represent the fleeting nature of life such as a recently extinguished candle, a human skull or dying flowers, reminding us that we are mortal and all our possessions are vanities.

The importance we ascribe to inanimate objects of no intrinsic value is explored in this work. Objects that some believe can bring us luck or protect us from harm are juxtaposed with objects that have a meaning to only the artist. The Wunderkammer is a cabinet of curiosities popular in the 18th century. These cabinets contained items of natural history such as animal bones or feathers, religious or historical relics, works of art and antiquities. They were a possession of pride in many households.

Fiona Meller

Artist Statement
The wishbone has long been a symbol of hope for many cultures. In this work I draw on the application and meaning of bones in art, culture and nature. They represent the transience of life, they are a wearable talisman of organic beauty. They are also a unifying symbol of life, of yearning and of materiality. A reminder that underneath we are all the one and the same.

I admire the versatility of bones, they are imbued with a powerful spiritual energy, and in the wishbone, the irresistible hope of a wish come true.