Another year passed of the sinking of Titanic I thought I would share a project that I created in 2012 for a final major and end of year exhibition when I was studying at BMC in Belfast.
I chose Titanic because it is a part of where I’m from, it was a tragedy and growing up I wanted to deep sea dive to find ship wrecks. I had such a fansanation with Titanic growing up that I did project when I was in High School and the love stayed with me ever since.
The main thing that spurred my project was the anger that I felt coming up to the centennial year of the sinking. The new Titanic building was opening, resturants started serving the Titanic lunch menu and my favourite crisp company started producing Titanic crisps, and this is just to name a few. I felt this was in very bad taste, for the love of god it was a tragedy and over 1500 people lost their lives but that’s ok as long as people get to enjoy a meal served in 1912. Now I could have been looking into this to much but I felt so strong that it should have been a time of rememberance and not an excuse for companies looking to make a fast buck on the lives lost.
There was however, a remembrance garden created and while it is beautiful and placed in Belfast City Hall, I felt it wasn’t enough. I needed to react to how I was feeling.
Below you will see photos of screen prints I created, the originals are one of a kind and no more exist. Moving on to the photographs that I created from photographing the Titanic docks then compositing those with historic photographs, blending the two worlds together; old state and new. I produced a handmade a book, scrolls, text etc… Sweat, blood and tears went into this project. (Literally, as I chopped part of my finger off and that’s called pulling a Julie).
Now some mobile photos:
I displayed a suitcase for my installation, and inside was an old dress for a two year old and a old battered teddy. I lay the photos inside as I wanted people to be tactile, to feel, touch and get the true deep feelings of tragedy and remember. I created a box and inside the box lay scrolls, these were screen prints of the peoples names. I also created a star book (once opened the shape is revealed) to represent the White Star Line, it to included all names onboard the ship. On the walls were the large pieces of screen print I created using delicate paper which I screen printed the music notes of a few songs played by the band.
The one thing that I wanted to achieve with this project was remembrance and people who seen my exhibition in physical form said they felt the tragedy and remembered what it was all about, one person even said; “it sent shivers down their spine”.