S H O R N
Part of the 'Journey' collaboration through Floresta Magazine
journey / the act of travelling from one place to another; a trip over a long period or great distance Remembering, documenting and mapping a journey. Connecting perspectives and experiences from refugees, diaspora and migrants. A one month collaboration between poets and visual designers, fusing mediums to create emotive visual posters embodying the poetry.
Renuka was selected as one of five designers paired in a blind exchange with a poet. In response to 'Shorn' by RB Simon - Speaking about the trauma that is collected and held by those in the diaspora or asylum - Renuka collected and printed found wool shed by local sheep from her surroundings in the Highlands, and took tree rubbings from forestry reserves; their markings symbolizing the weight and burden of the carried trauma over time.
The illustration was made into a digital artwork, sold as a limited edition poster and as part of the Journey Zine by Floresta Magazine. Click here to see the other collaborative designs from the Journey Project.
This infinite memory multiplies
by decades, clings like debris
on sheep too long unshorn,
suffocating, snagged along their
trudge towards certitude.
I beg to be razed, stripped to a
tabula rasa, relieved of my duty to witness.
Let me be a babe, skin goose-fleshed,
achingly cold, beautifully unchained.