All the objects donated by patch/workâ€™s participants are added to the aluminium A-frame base structure. Passers-by are also invited to leave â€˜repair storiesâ€™ on small scraps of recycled paper. Like the epicormic growth of the eucalyptus not killed by Australiaâ€™s 2020 â€˜black summerâ€™ fires, patches sprouted out from patch/workâ€™s structure, as recognition both of harm and damage but also of new possibilities and ongoing life. In patch/work, restoration is re-storyation, creating a new narrative of entanglement and mutual ethical survival. In fire fire, the body dancing is the conduit for the flow of repair. The difficulty of adhesion between unlike objects; the care that must be taken to find the right adhesive, a bonding material that works. The energy-intensive and never-ending work of judging what deserves to be repaired and what must be disposed of. Patch/work has been collectively assembled, representing a suite of stories created â€˜in companyâ€™, companioned.
|Title of host publication||Care Ethics and Art|
|Editors||Jacqueline Millner, Gretchen Coombs|
|Place of Publication||London United Kingdom|
|Publication status||Published - 2022|