An art installation project for COP 26 @ Glasgow University Chapel
The project: 7 DAYS
The installation 7 DAYS has been commissioned for COP26 (November 2021) to hang in the Memorial Chapel of the University of Glasgow. It is an experimental work that is being created in three stages.
A series of seven mixed media, predominantly textile, panels, 1M x 1M, have been made by myself – artist, Carol Marples – based on the 7 days of creation in the book of Genesis, Chapter 1.
Each panel has been made from repurposed white and off-white fabrics, collaged, patchworked, appliqued and sewn together. This includes a range of materials left over from previous textile and worship projects, pillow cases, sheeting, vintage linens, handkerchiefs and even part of my mum’s wedding dress (1963) – yes she does know!
Stitched onto these panels are simple motifs and designs that reflect an element or elements of each of the seven days of creation. Alongside these are white emulsion (left over from decorating) graphite text, gold leaf (representing the sacred) and candle wax. These create additional subtle marks and textures and complete the first stage of the seven panels.
The text, a word or short phrase, have been chosen poetically, rather than strictly lifted from the book of Genesis.
- DAY 1: ‘loved into being…’
- DAY 2: ‘Water of life’
- DAY 3: ‘Consider the lilies’. (There is also a grocery list written on the back of the panel – part of which can be subtly seen where the wax has been applied – as one might write a shopping list on the back of an envelope or such like)
- DAY 4: ‘Light(s) of the world’
- DAY 5: ‘Blessed’. Everett Fox notes in his The Five Books of Moses that this is the first occurrence of the motif of blessing, which then reoccurs throughout Genesis.
- DAY 6: ‘all humanity’
- DAY 7: no text
Each of the panels from Mid-July to Mid-October are to be installed in seven different gardens, thus handing the works over to the various situational and elemental environments of these places.
My hope is that textile surfaces will change over the two months – some subtly, some notably. I will visit them regularly to both document and make any decisions that may be needed to add to, change or repair the panels during this time.
Documenting: I intend to record the changes over time by visiting the works in progress throughout the two months. The changes will be documented here and on the Soul Marks social media; Facebook and Instagram pages.
The Installation: In Stage 3 choices will be made as to whether to work further on the panels or simply leave them as they are before exhibiting them in the Memorial Chapel of the University of Glasgow, 1st November – 15th November (more details to come).