Next week I'll be undertaking a durational performance for a new project with the working title To Be Determined. The work made during this performance will be first exhibited in June of 2019 as one of seven artist/social enterprise collaborations for A Fierce Hope, the keynote exhibition for Brisbane’s newest art and cultural hub Adderton: house & heart of mercy.
In a nutshell, the work is being made in response to the most recent global estimate by the World Health Organization, that every 40 seconds a person dies by suicide. In light of this, the durational performance involves making a clay piece every 40 seconds, without breaks, for as long as I am capable. This is in the hope that the project raises awareness and fuels conversation.
The project is for the purpose of suicide awareness and prevention and is being made in partnership with the White Wreath Foundation: an Australian non-profit organisation working as a suicide prevention/awareness service. The primary vision of the White Wreath Association is to raise funds in order to establish Safe-haven Centres; care facilities to treat and aid those suffering mental illnesses and a place to go to for those who are suicidal. For more information on the work of the White Wreath Association, please visit and consider donation at: https://www.whitewreath.org.au/
In Alexandra Lawson Gallery, Toowoomba, I'll be starting the durational performance at 11am on Monday, September 10th, which is World Suicide Prevention Day. I'll be attempting to livestream the entire performance via Youtube at this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kCc5mjT4wHs and will also be posting regular Instagram 'stories' as the performance happens @danelborne.
For more details on the project, please follow this link to its official page: http://www.danelborne.com/tbd/
Photography: Alexandra Lawson.