2020 Covid Hands

Home, not home. I left my home in Melbourne to travel to Mildura before the first imposed lockdown to spend this time with my elderly parents. This work was made within the restrictions of this lockdown, the photographs are taken with my old iPhone and worked with needle and thread. Covid Hands is an observation of familial ties, of hands that work, create, nurture and support. Each of the twenty words is stitched into the photographs across the hand in red thread. Red – representing the ancestral bloodline. Like a tattooed stigmata, these hands are marked by the words, in the same way that our corporeal bodies will carry an imprint of the trauma and isolation imposed by Covid 19.

This work was commissioned by Arts Mildura and exhibited in Home2020.