Jennifer Halli with the Coromandel community
Window I, Window II and Window III, 2020
Collagraph prints with clay and pigment on thai kozo paper,
clay from Coromandel, NZ
88" x 100" x 6"
This installation was inspired in part by the Windows of the Wedding (1974) by Faith Ringgold (b. 1930, Harlem, New York). Ringgold’s pieces, "intended to be a kind of hanging prayer rug, represent a visual language she created… giving those who use them magic protection – and, above all, happiness".
In this vein, Windows I, II, and III were created as an expression of solidarity, tolerance and unity in response to the Christchurch mosque attacks, 15 March 2019.
To act in honour of those lost and in response to the Christchurch Invitation, I invited the local community to make ceramic tiles - each tile an intention to see past labels and differences, to see each other has human beings. The windows suggest protection and happiness through variations of faith (or lack thereof). While the shape of each window is unique, the area it covers is equal to the other windows.