Sometime after wearing the jacket I no longer recall the colour of, I placed my hands in its pockets – perhaps searching for warmth or some form of reassuring structure. The last time I’d worn the jacket was at the hospital, the afternoon of my father’s passing. Since then, there had been the auto-pilot of things to do. Where does emotion go in the light of ‘things to do’? What happens to our connections with ourselves and others? What do we count on – does it add up? My pockets were full – each hand met by soft, yet determined resistance to entry. I drew out small tissue after small tissue – pale paper held in rounded/angular/striated states by tears and days in the fabric of dark, quiet space. As grief revealed itself I became aware of loss, of relationship and the inbetween: the some/sum of it all. This is the story of the (un)importance of mathematics.
thesomeofitall was a three week solo show by Cecilia White at Field Gallery, Hunter St, Newcastle in February 2005. Addressing grief, the artist goes further to investigate what we look for in our living relationships during such times of duress. And sums what may be revealed.
The works included two installations, text, drawing and sculpture. The artist’s work, recognisable in part by the appearance of a consistent form of materiality, included mirror, text, chair and textile, and the artist was present to perform the text. The show was curated by the Directors of Field Gallery.