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The Transparent Messenger Exhibition in 1993 in Plasy Monastery, near Plzen, Czech Republic,  a period of the splitting apart of the Republic from Slovakia.


Formerly a Cistercian Monastery, I wanted to reflect both the period of change and the nature of the building which had been a place of prayer. I made approximately 100 pieces cut out of tin and soldered with words, prayers lamentations, warnings in Czech, Russian (their former oppressors), Polish, (my second language) and Serbo-Croat, (at that point war was raging in the Balkans due to the break up of Yugoslavia), and I felt it was appropriate to include Serbo-Croat in the texts. It is probably also worth mentioning that the Cistercian Order renounced everything except writing well.


Some examples of the words translated here into English included: 


Listen

Learn

Blessed

Peace/ Absence of War

Truce

To open

Memory

To understand

Candle

To suffer

To transform

Ruins

Ominous

To untie