This work has been in planning (in both my mind and on paper) for quite some time and is now finally being realised, for inclusion in The Linen Project (Hawthorn Town Hall Gallery Oct-Dec 2018). It was exciting to pin a string-line grid on the wall, then 3metres of nylon tulle and begin pinning (after weeks of cutting the embroidery with the help of my dear friend Zoya). The image is appropriated from an ancient sculpture in the Louvre, The Sleeping Hermaphrodite (which Bernini sculpted the tufted mattress and pillow for in 1620) and also a Japanese repeat wave pattern. As this work will lay over an antique hospital bed (from a bush nursing hospital, turn of last century) it will refer to life as an ocean and a garden - ebbing, flowing, rising, falling, blooming and decaying. The choice of the hermaphrodite for me represents the fact that whatever our gender, we all live and die. I hope I can pull this off - it's a major work with months of cutting and pinning ahead of me yet and the first major sculptural work since "Let the Jungle In" 2013! Below are some photos of the sculpture in the Louvre, the design in transparency on my projector and the work in its very early stages of development, and all the gorgeous pre-cut blue embroideries (reclaimed as always from vintage table linens). Also, now included below, the finished as a wall installation and installed in The Linen Project at Town Hall Gallery, on an antique hospital bed.