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DAN ELBORNE

To Be Determined (development title), 2018.

Terracotta, glaze, dimensions are to be determined.

This work is currently in development and will move into its production phase in the latter half of 2018. The project is partnered with the White Wreath Association: Action Against Suicide. Further information follows and will be updated via this page and the 'news' page of this website.

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According to the most recent global estimate by the World Health Organisation, a person dies by suicide once every 40 seconds. To Be Determined utilises this estimate as the catalyst in producing the work. For as long as the artist is capable, a handmade object will be consecutively created every 40 seconds in response to this statistic. The eventual and official title of the completed work will be the total performative time spent by the artist in producing the work.

Using terracotta; a clay that is broadly recognised in human history as both serving function and used in the practice of immortalisation, the artist will create a piece every 40 seconds, with no breaks, as a 1:1 representation of all those lost to suicide within the finite period of the performance. The action performed by the artist (within every 40 second period) involves refining/cleaning the edges of an extruded clay shape and leaving a gestural impression at the peak of each piece. These actions, alongside resulting in a loosely figurative object, suggest individualised attention and care.

To Be Determined results from a fleeting performance in response to an ongoing crisis. Having the creation of the work cease due to exhaustion/sleep deprivation aims to suggest that despite its production coming to an end, if physically capable, creating the objects would indefinitely continue.

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This work is being made in partnership with the White Wreath Association: Action Against Suicide, 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/

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Background photograph by Alec Shultz.