HWY9 CrashBarrier Girleen by Mary-Ellen Belleville
Medium: Vehicle side mirror, tyre tread, beads, postcard, shadecloth, lace
Dimensions: 30 x 38 x 11cm
Road accidents splinter lives. I found the shattered side mirror on my walk to work one morning. The fragmented mirror calls to mind the way lives are changed in a nano-second. One flash – loss of driver concentration – splinters one person’s future, and impacts the broader circle of family and friends, who all suffer the consequences of changed circumstances. This can last for years on end. “Girleen’ is a word of Irish origin, meaning a sassy young woman – between late childhood and early teen years.