This is the final work in the punched series submitted for this exhibition and came in response to the first two pieces. The first two pieces developed through inspiration and connection to others, and this last piece came from a different connection.
I am often in awe of the ordinary magic that I experience through connection with others while simultaneously yearning to acknowledge the dull sadness which sometimes pops up in my experiencing. This sadness is often plain and unattractive and receives little attention in my life but I find myself wanting to acknowledge it alongside those connected moments of magic I experience with others.
Average heartache aims to depict the connected magic I feel weaved in with the sadness and emptiness I experience to create a piece that is somewhat attractive? and maybe a bit odd.
It’s a space to acknowledge the ordinariness of mental illness which is woven into the actions we take in our day-to-days. A response of disconnect, of unexpected emotional responses and off-kilter moments while still managing to form patterns that continue to evolve.
Punch needle remains a tactile and engaging process to use to engage in the present moment and pass time thoughtfully, packed wool and fluffy edges also provide a soothing sensory experience.
The wool in this work is a combination of salvaged remnants and hand-me-downs and was punched with love and enjoyment.