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One Hundred Bowls to Feed One Hundred Souls

One Hundred Bowls to Feed One Hundred Souls

400 grams references the daily allocation of rice to many of those in refugee camps.

Ref: BB2

Year: 2011
Medium: Ceramic
Height : 33cm Variable with centre piece
Width: 220cm
Length: 220cmm



From the Exhibition: Beyond Borders
Umbrella Studio of Contemporary Arts
Collection of: Private

Photographed by: Robin Gauld


The earliest clay bowls discovered by archaeologists were those made in the New Stone Age. Very similar in shape as those we use today their purpose was the same... a receptacle for food. This intrinsic linking of ceramics with food is universal. Meal times, when family and friends come together to share sustenance and discuss the day's happenings is shared by all cultures no matter how meagre or celebratory the offerings.

The work, One Hundred Bowls to Feed One Hundred Souls, pays homage to the importance of the humble bowl in our lives. Each bowl is of a size to hold the daily (uncooked) food ration of 400 gms of rice or cornmeal, and 60 gms of lentils, which, along with 50gms of oil and 5gms of salt contain enough calories to sustain human life and is what those in many refugee camps subsist on. 


    Beyond Borders 

    The exhibition Beyond Borders explores the commonality of our human relationship with place, and our emotional attachment to the objects with which we surround ourselves.

    No matter our country of birth, our ethnicity, the colour of our skin, our religous affiliations, our height, age,weight or gender, our memories, unique to each of us, bind us to our past and influence our future.

    Some memories, buried so very deep in our psyches you would imagine them beyond recall, can be jolted suddenly, and sometimes traumatically, to the present by a mere glimpse of what may appear to others as a mundane object of no consequence.

    This recognition of the emotional attachment to objects felt by each other as individuals is something we can all relate to. We understand the way in which the sight or touch of items which appear of no significance to others can cause memories of people and places to come flooding back, and when in the media, we witness victims of natural disasters returning to the place their homes once stood, we can empathise with the survivors as we see them searching desperately for something, anything, that binds them to that which they have so suddenly lost.

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