HUMAN RIGHTS CUSHIONS
The Project Space Leighton Place.2010. During the momentous event of the Arab Spring,
Rebecca Scott found her thoughts centred on people’s struggles for their rights while simultaneously coming across the 1948 UNIVERSAL DECLARATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS. The DECLARATION’s actual text is phrased in clear terms seemingly encompassing all human needs in a perfect world and it is the inspiration for the work exhibited at Leighton Space alongside some archival pieces.
The main project is about knitting. In previous works, the artist had used the medium of knitting to underline a traditional female task once performed by elderly women knitting squares for charities. This ordinary and popular practice had been transferred onto a machine knit, and additionally subverted by producing knitted images of deflated penises. On this occasion, text from THE DECLARATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS will be knitted, with each word made into a cushion.
The initial idea the artist would like to invite knitters from around the world to knit a word from the document, which will then be collated and eventually exhibited as a celebration of the DECLARATION and recognition I came across the Document of the Declaration Of Human Rights of 1948 during the momentous events of the Arab Spring .
The DECLARATION’s actual text is phrased in clear terms seemingly encompassing all human needs in a perfect world. I found the document to be very inclusive and optimistic . I wanted to fill a large space with cushions knitted with the words from the document , as a metaphor to offer comfort and to cushion the injustices of the world.
The Work is on going .