Forget-me-not, Julia Manheim, 2021, tracing paper, staples, magnified seed images, sea sponge, mysotis seeds
Remember to search out Forget-me-not by St Mary's Church, Honey Hill. We are very fortunate to have wild areas and relaxed gardens in the centre of Bury St Edmunds.
Contained within the confines of a coffin
Lie the seeds of a new life.
Arnold might say ‘No life lives for ever’
We can retort ‘Nor does it ever die’.
The thread of life is never-ending,
Proud inheritor of the past and indomitable bearer into the future.
So march on seeds of limitless scope
And the kernels of limitless hope.
Julia Manheim is an artist and curator. She originally trained as a jeweller and became well known in the 1980's for her large-scale experimental jewellery and body wear. Since then, her work has encompassed sculpture, installation art and short films which can be viewed at: https://vimeo.com/user10128235. She has worked as lead artist on several public art projects. Throughout, her work has been distinguished by her close observation, ability to find interest in the seemingly mundane, a strong sense of colour and an interest in re-using discarded materials. She is the author of the Sustainable Jewellery book published by A&C Black. https://m2gallery.com/julia-manheim
Manheim has rings in The Koch Collection, Swiss National Museum, Zurich, work in the National Museums Scotland Collection, inclusion in the book Jewelry Stories Museum of Art & Design, New York 2021. Member of PhD Selection Committee, Sint Lucas College of Art & Design, Antwerp, 2021
David Dougan had a career in journalism, television and arts management. He now concentrates on writing and lecturing, on history and art history. He is the author of a dozen books, including Bury St Edmunds: A Rebellious Town.