Even on my knees
‘Even on my knees’, Tyler Moorehead 2018. Bamboo cane, acrylic paint, gold leaf, natural clay, vintage linen teapot covers, antique silk kimono ties, waxed twine, plywood.
A fragile tribute in the form of a shrine draws on references to Japanese Shinto and tarot to celebrate the human condition.
Four fragile posts of gathered bamboo canes support a growing canopy cloud of vintage teapot covers, each memorialising an encounter — revealing the items, but not the context, in which they were selected.
The form recalls the four posts of Torii Gates seen in Japanese Shinto shrines. Four posts are also seen as symbols of celebration, stability and something that can be grown together in traditional versions of the four of wands tarot card, which depicts people standing beneath a white canopy draped over four tall canes. Similar meanings are attached to the huppah (chuppah), the white canopy draped over four posts used in some Jewish religious wedding ceremonies.
Written reflections from guests at the Upside Down Table are each attached to the antique kimono tie they selected at the start. After the encounter, the guest weaves their reflection tie into the growing tapestry rising from the base of the shrine on a collective and infinite pathway towards the sky. Visitors are asked to kneel down, if they are able, to read the reflections. In so doing we kneel in an act of momentary supplication to our fellow citizens, in celebration of our collective survival of the human condition. Four harmonic bamboo bells can be rung by visitors to celebrate the winds of change.
Each piece on the structure memorialises an encounter. New pieces are sewn to the existing structure in a manner that will keep the overall structure in balance.
The tapestry expands as new guests weave in their chosen ceremonial strands. A visitor reads guest reflections.
Photos: Bernadette Baksa
Even on my knees, 2018