ARS Project Space
Prick of a Daisy is an exhibition about rituals, objects, ornaments and anxieties that structure our everyday activities.
The pandemic-related quarantines have created a situation where interruptions in everyday practices make it impossible for people to define the flow of time and the emerging gaps in perceiving time cause anxiety. There is a lack of rituals that would help structuring and creating time, interpersonal relationships and perceiving daily changes. Similarly to rituals, ornaments contextualize time as well. Things embellished by ornaments are elevated to the present moment of time while revealing more complex reference systems.
Exhibited artworks point out the rituals in daily life, reflecting how small everyday routine activities delineate time while creating moments of pause in it as well as helping to perceive changes taking place in the surrounding environment. For instance, there are motifs of capitula of the mutating plants as the result of Fukushima nuclear catastrophe – the artist has organized these to the patterns inspired by the plant ornaments characteristic to Art Nouveau. This is the way changes are happening around us, as a backdrop of our lives. At the same time, the seemingly romantic plant ornament has a certain threatening effect.
The second part of the exhibition includes objects that direct our attention to the rituals in our daily lives. A simple box of candies has become an offertory where the viewer can stop for a moment and leave an offering to the nests of the box.