Mildred Jones

 

A family bible dating from the 19th century listing the births, deaths and marriages of her family, was Mildred's treasured object. It revealed, among other things, the early death of her 19 year old brother Arthur, who was killed in action in Germany, and the tragic loss of three other infant siblings aged just 23, 11 and 5 months. A translucent pillow, filled with white feathers, carries the names and dates of Mildred's parents and siblings as recorded in the bible. The pillow is a visual metaphor for sleep and the losing of consciousness, while the translucency of its silk and the whiteness of the feathers encased within it refer to its additional role as silent witness to the acts of intimacy, conception and death.

 



 

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