This collection of urns stands for exclusive personalized designs for those who’ve lost their beloved ones and wish to immortalize those last words and turn them into a precious object, one that lasts forever...
The portrait, integrated in this piece of art gives it an identity, an extra dimension that makes the memories to last. We remember the deceased how we want him or her to be remembered. If the people we love are taken away from us, the way to have them live on is to never stop loving them ...
“There is so much I still want to tell you”
These words reflect what so many of us experience in life, when losing somebody. The Urns capture these last, unspoken words, stories, promises. A final communication between the deceased and those ones, left behind ...
Selected for the XXIst INTERNATIONAL BIENNAL OF VALLAURIS CONTEMPORARY CERAMIC (France)
Yves Peltier, Commissioner of the Biennale wrote in the catalogue of the competition:
The three pieces of the collection “There is so much I still want to tell you” are the receptacles of the emotions experienced on the loss of a loved one, and the present witnesses of the rites which accompany mourning. Tinne Debruijne updates the funerary arts in which the representation of the deceased is intended to create a link, however fragile, transcending the brutality of death. The representation of the departed is an ancient art which moves beyond cultural differences. Many historical examples of this art are known: the Fayum portraits and the albums of photographs showing the dead person in an attitude of sleep in the nineteenth century are, in very different registers, among the best known. The practice is still very much alive in certain regions of the world and even in modern Western society. We have all seen photographs transferred onto ceramic or enamel plaques in graveyards.
Here, the representations are accompanied by a few sentences written on the surface between the interior edge of the container and the base where the images are set. It is a space of intimacy where all the tenderness and love that those who remain feel for the departed person is modestly expressed. This ultimate representation and communication is effected through a contemporary aesthetic register but with a respect for the traditionally established codes for this type of use, such as the quite appropriate use of white porcelain to convey to the idea of light (and thus hope), the soft monochrome photographs and the rounded shapes which avoid any impression of hardness. The size of these urns - which receive sentiments, pain and hope - is such that they can be easily held as one reflects, both hands attentively and delicately holding the objects which have such a particular function.
- H 15 cm / W 25 cm