A trace is a memory since it signalises that something was there but is not any longer. It is also a gap because it exists thanks to another element. It is a negative, not even a copy. They are autonomous but still dependent on where they came from.

 

Crying T-shirt (2018) is an art installation that I showed in the changing room of a swimming pool in Reykjavik. Comprised of a basic white t-shirt, a metal bucket and a clear plastic hose, it works like a fountain. A pump circulates water from the bucket to the t-shirt hanging from the celling. The garment has a horizontal line made with a black non-waterproof marker in the middle. As soon as the water passes through the shirt, the line begins to blur. It remains the human body.

“The body” which is partially absent, doesn’t have a face, race or gender might provide an opportunity for them to mirror themselves. Another aspect important to mention is the line in the t-shirt which I connect with a lifeline. In the Crying T-shirt, time and water wash out the line slowly. After a couple of days it has erased the last trace of the line, but the water continues to flow.

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