To mark Chanukah, JW3 and Brent Cross Shopping Centre have commissioned artist and poet Sophie Herxheimer to create an installation of personal miracles, through stories shared with her over these past few weeks in lockdown.
The miracles range from the everyday to the seismic, and are a collaboration between the teller and the artist. Sophie has collected these stories through live conversations, listening to each person one by one and using ink and a paintbrush to create her versions of their stories in front of their very eyes.
Each picture flag contains a miracle recounted, shedding light into, what for many, has been a dark year.
Sophie Herxheimer is an artist and poet. Her work has been shown at Tate Modern, at her local allotments and on a 48 metre hoarding along the sea front at Margate. She has held residencies for TfL, Museum of Liverpool, and The National Maritime Museum. Her collection Velkom to Inklandt (Short Books 2017) was an Observer book of the month and a Sunday Times Book of the Year. She was a Hawthornden Fellow in 2019, and has recently returned from a six month residency in California. Her latest book, 60 Lovers to Make and Do has recently been selected as a TLS book of the year. (Henningham Family Press, 2019) Her next collection is a pack of prophetic playing cards called INDEX, due out with zimZalla next spring.
Visit the installation at Brent Cross until December 7th and at JW3 from the 10th-17th December.