THE WEIGHT OF THE WORLD, 2018
EMBROIDERY OVER CHIFFON AND NEWSPAPERS
The Weight of the World is a narrative that I'm exploring as part of an on-going series that uses embroidery over newspapers.
The work is a collection of selected newspaper articles that serves as an archive of everyday world events and a series of portraits. By creating parallels between global issues (news articles) and emotional conditions (portraits), I hope to narrow the space between collective and individual experiences, so that we might see ourselves in the larger context of our surroundings by simply recognising each other.
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In this piece, two images are integrated: “Leave” supporters in an almost abandoned resort in south-east England in July 2016 and
the wife of a Turkish soldier weeping on his coffin in the city of Gaziantep in July 2015.
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Clinton's supporters who were openly shocked and upset as the US elections' results streamed in at the Jacob Javits Convention Centre in New York, 10 November 2016
juxtaposed with people comforting one another
a) over a relative who was held hostage during the Dhaka Cafe Attack, 3 July 2016 and
b) while waiting for news of loved ones during a prison riot in Brazil, 8 January 2017.
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Mr Trump during his victory speech in New York City, 10 November 2016 juxtaposed with
Mr Trump at a rally on Tuesday in Eau Claire, making a last-gasp play for a blue state or two that could put him over the top- if he holds on to Republican ground and seizes the crucial battleground of Florida, 3 November 2016.
Works by Questal Tay. All images copyright ©2022 Questal Tay