4. Holding – Olga Cironis (WA)
Human hair, red thread
15 x 30 x 30 cms
“Holding is a work made over a year, from hours of stitching human hair into a crown based on that of Jesus’ crown of thorns. Hair holds human DNA and, symbolically, our desires and experiences. This crown of human hair represents the lightness of life, joy of connection, and beauty of love. Referencing Micah 6:8, it holds justice and love of kindness to each other and our natural environment. The hair has been donated from people from around the world who wished to share their story and desire for unity. The stitching work was process-driven and meditative with the end result instinctually driven. This crown Holding carries our human desire to survive and love freely.”
Olga Cironis explores notions of identity and belonging. From a strong migrant feminist foundation, she searches for different ideas around belonging and place by highlighting cultural and social norms. Her art practice has been described as a poetic expression of the spiritual and physical spaces between bodies. Often inviting public participation and story sharing, Cironis succeeds in eliciting further exploration from the public, to reflect and question our own place in the world. She is an established multidisciplinary artist with a practice spanning over 20 years. Her work is featured in numerous public and private collections nationally and internationally.