Mourning Brooches

Mouth Installations

Mourning Mouthbrooches – Series of 5

The societal taboo surrounding speaking ill of the dead, effectively
gags abuse survivors. Whilst others may openly mourn the loss
of a loved one, survivors must process their abuser’s death privately.

All too often, when the abused speaks ill of an abuser, they are judged,
criticised and victimised all over again.

Drawing on Victorian mourning brooches, traditionally constructed with locks of hair
and jet, these mourning mouthbrooches are created using contemporary laser-cutting, resin and dental alginate technologies. Worn as outward signals of the inner turmoil survivors endure, the mouth symbolically clamps shut to hold them in place.


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Creating on the island of Ireland, exhibiting worldwide.