author: Andreja Džakušič
title: Developing Compassion. Embroidery and Burning
medium: performance in the Chapel of St Elizabeth in Celje
technique: digital photographs from the performance
The project Developing Compassion, which lasted two years, represents the artist’s way of noting the pain that she faced with the illness, dying and final passing away of her father. In the first of the three performances she symbolically let go of her emotional states, which she had stitched as pain, sadness and fear on white pillows. In the second performance she wiped the floor with disinfectant to relive the sterility of the painfully impersonal ambience of hospitals. In the third performance she sang a mourning song which she wrote on the ground using seeds.