- Mixed media
- Gift of Alan Loney, 2009
- 297 x 210mm
UNPACKING the BODY is one of several works artist and poet Joanna Margaret Paul made in response to the death of her infant daughter, Imogen. Swathed in a baby’s muslin wrap, it is both an annotated inventory of words connected to the human body and a lament about love, mothering and loss. Joanna’s work tenderly explores and names each part of the body, carefully listing resemblances to things in nature and the origins of the terms used to describe it. Bodies are ubiquitous, but they are also singular, and it is clear that what is represented here is something particular, private and irreplaceable.
(Perilous: Unheard Stories from the Collection, 6 August 2022- )