The spent matches in these prints stand (or fall) for the nearly two thousand days since the beginning of the Syrian uprising on 15th March 2011; since then there have been many days spent in suffering for the people of Syria. This body of work represents both the days passed and the lives lost in that conflict.
Using spent matches I have employed a variety of strategies to raise awareness of and represent a deeply complicated conflict that seems no nearer to ending. The placing the wooden sticks in random patterns positioned in bundles, lines, circles and splatters of burnt wood was a meditative exercise for me as well as challenging. Some prints juxtapose the delicate and evocative beauty of colour against the stark reality of discarded and changed lives; some exploit abstract patterns layered over photographic imagery of Aleppo.
Safety matches burn at a rate of around 30 cm per hour, at what rate do the displaced people of Syria deteriorate and lose hope? Some matches stand upright, others have fallen over or are scarred and others are at the point of disintegration. The finished works signify the beauty of the human spirit when pushed to its limit.