SARAH ELSON – 390 Acts of Love

28 January, 2024

This work is a meditation on a memory of my father-in-law that my husband retold to me. His dad asked him (on a long drive up north) to get out of the car and find himself the size of a piece of earth that you can make with your hands, and to examine every tiny little thing in it. This quiet and contemplative act resonates with my husband’s own parenting style and every detail that one focus’s in on as an act of love, when a loved one passes on. Each of the 390 pieces (acts of love) used to create this work (my own emotional landscape) is gifted with love from a shared cutting, a special find from a neighbours garden, many gifts of growth requiring ongoing care, transformed with the alchemy of gifted bits of metal cast to recreate the colour palette of its earthy origins.