The Unplayable Piece, 2018

Wall-mounted Sculpture

This wall-based sculpture was entirely accidental. The bow I had purchased had broken and out of frustration, I stuck it to the wall and called it ‘The Unplayable Piece’; but then I began to see its tragic beauty. This bow has never played a single note, it sits before the viewer raw and broken. It’s a beautiful piece of equipment and it’s even more mesmerising in several pieces. It resonates with a lot of John Cage’s ideas about silence and listening.

Copyright © Holly Standen 2020

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