"Mariella Lehner reimagines Sir John Everett Millais’ “Ophelia” (1851-2) by showing an enlargement of her face, almost submerged in liquid and covered with lantern flies, which are considered an “invasive species” in North America. These insects symbolize the tension between intrusion and belonging, resistance and resignation, persistence and acceptance. The title suggests a state of flux, leaving it unclear whether the figure is undergoing a transformative process or facing impending demise. In their most recent works, Lehner addresses the collective grief we share over the gradual decline of our environment as we know it today-a profound sorrow that goes far beyond the mourning of an individual being."
I was thinking about different experiences and levels of grief, grieving people, pets, the birds I don't hear singing anymore because of the existence of said pet cats. This piece was also vaguely referencing a poem by viennese writer Ernst Jandl that has been with me for over a decade. Thinking about my birds I imagined how only the true birds will survive in the end, the ones who, after being forced to leave this earth altogether, manage to settle in the sky far away.
There were bird sounds installed in the urn.
"fang eine liebe amsel ein nimm eine schere zart und fein schneid ab der amsel beide bein amsel darf immer fliegend sein steigt höher auf und höher bis ich sie nicht mehr sehe und fast vor lust vergehe das müsst ein wahrer vogel sein dem niemals fiel das landen ein"