Thursday, 12 April 2012
Trip to Sleaford
There was a jewellery exhibition, based around the theme of 'Transportation' and linked with Australia.
The other exhibition made much more of an impact on me. It was called the 'Museum of Broken Relationships' and displayed items that had been donated by people that had some kind of significance in a broken relationship. There were descriptions by the side of each item by the donors; bittersweet, poignant, angry, bitter, sad, happy and heart-breaking. There were a few that really stayed with me. There was a postcard sent to a girl by her boyfriend. He asked her parents for their permission to marry her but was told no. That night, he drove his car off a cliff.
There was a sketchbook by a thirteen year old girl of her hospital ward. She died and the sketchbook was donated by her brother.
There were two lacy bras (which initially made me smile, thinking they were a gift from an ex-boyfriend), which showed the broken relationship between a woman and her body once she was diagnosed with cancer and then had to face the reconstructive surgery.
A roll of astroturf with a label 'for ...(name)' was a gift for a girl from a boy who had a crush on her. She needed the astroturf for an art project and he managed to get some for her. Unfortunately, she left the area soon after and the roll of turf had been by the door, waiting for her to collect it ever since. The stories were fascinating and it left me with the thought that even though we all live in different parts of the world, we all share the same emotions. A thought provoking and moving exhibition.