Votive Offerings – PRAYER
A continuation of ‘Votive Offerings’, an ongoing project begun in 2013, this work is a gallery installation combining printed textiles, photography and sound. Inspired by Tibetan prayer flags which are traditionally used to promote peace, wisdom, compassion, and strength. I had fabric printed with my first 50 votive posies and then made this into 23m of Prayer flags. Each of the 50 flags has a different wild flower posy on it.
I stitched two lines from a Celtic prayer onto both the ends of the flags:
‘May green be the grass you walk on.’ and
‘May the skies be blue above you’.
Installing the flags in local Fife woodlands I worked with a Sound Engineer, Graham Deas, to recorded a binaural soundscape of birds, flies, etc combined with the noise of passing trains.
The artwork in a gallery setting combines the hanging of the flags, the presentation of the woodland scene and the Soundscape. It hints at the tension between man and nature and offers a prayer for the future of the environment.