This was a completely unexpected art exhibition in the Harbour and it was a gem of a find. These boats were full of joy and sorrow, life and death. This installation really struck me as being the type of multi-skilled, creative, interactive, life-affirming sculptures that were reminiscent of Martin’s days at Island 2000. The exhibit is travelling around Denmark.
These were three boats built from concrete,merging art and culture and focusing on universal womanhood and letting the figurehead take over the entire boat, allowing her to become the boat. “Each boat has it’s own identity and narrative. The three individual titles are My ship is filled with Longing, Life, and Memories” focusing on the three stages of life.
My ship is loaded with longing – the young one entering the world:
This boat had a treasure chest inside where we were invited to post letters about our hopes, dreams and longings, which would be added to at each stop, but the chest is sealed and will never be opened so the most secret of desires and intimate of longings can be placed inside.
My ship is loaded with life – in the middle of life and fertilised:
My Ship Is Loaded With Memories – the ageing or the dead:
This was the most moving ship with representations of many women and their memories standing erect from the boat.
One of the women had a number on her side, the figure is titled Arlette Anderson, Auschwitz Prisoner Number 74853 – more moving to me personally because I once shared her surname. Another I loved who was titled June Boyce-Tilman, Outsider, Feminist and Religious Preacher of Diversity – because this reminded me of both my lovely girls!
You could add your own memories to those memories of amazing women already here.