Conversations with Anxiety I, II and III

Through making I explore boundaries between self and the world – opportunities to connect memories, emotions, and everyday happenings through making, story and objects.

Positioned somewhere between object, adornment and the performative, these pieces seem out of place with expectations of the form and function of rings. Presented here,disconnected from body- familiar but odd – the sense that anxiety can bring. And when worn?

Conversation 1 ( 20/20 Vulnerability) … tension between vulnerable and awkward, between fragility and strength. Clarity. A physical reminder of ever-present unease and the irritation that anxiety sometimes likes to wear. I wonder, in current “challenging times” who will be brave enough to recognise the signs with compassion and kindness?

Conversation 3 (Incongruent) …components balance – ring upon a ring. Circle /encircle/…a circus even. Moving parts for nervous fiddling. Self – talk. Awareness. Anxiety can sometimes be a superpower!

Conversation 2 (One ring to conceal and reveal) Ludicrous propositions… fight or flight?… concealment/revealment?… with a face that likes to wear my heart on its sleeves and this body? Who am I kidding?

This work will be on exhibition at the Arts Rutherglen , Rutherglen Tastes of Art prize and show 5- 14 March 2021.

No more room

there is no more room in the house
for the things that you make
out of fancy and longing
for a fantasy place
somewhere other than inside your head
there’s a representation of an angel
that you say could be you
or the very essence of you-ness
raising her face to the sun
you put her in the garden just out of sight
where the wandering jew vine suffocates sensibilities
and shrouds dead trees with luscious longing life
somewhere other than inside this space
maybe in your heart?
where you write down dreams
and pray to your mind
to not forget who you are
~ © Lenni Morkel-Kingsbury 2022
Image: My Gardening Angel, Lenni Morkel-Kingsbury, 2003

The Meaning of Things

Recently I had the opportunity to contribute to this great online exhibition , The Meaning of Things by Craft Victoria.

In The Meaning of Things, Craft presents a vibrant cabinet of curiosities showcasing eclectic objects and artworks from makers’ personal collections. Accompanying stories share a glimpse into each object’s significance.

​Exploring objects as vessels of emotion and meaning, The Meaning of Things presents pieces that are either handcrafted or connected to handmade practice. Objects include treasured pieces, much loved tools, found objects by unknown makers, family heirlooms and gifts from fellow makers!

In case you missed it, haven’t seen it yet , here is the link.