After the realisation, that the 3-D hands would not work with what I had. I started looking into different ways to express what I wish to show within the hands. That being the vulnerability to others, and the influence they could have on me.
“My heart is in your hands” – Would have been the name of the collective pieces, due to the symbolic connections to the vulnerabilities I wish to place inside the hands, like chains to represent my burdens, or a human heart replica to represent my love and kindness toward others.
While looking into alcoholism for my dissertation, within the research for Jackson Pollock. I came across a bartender, which showed alcoholic jellies being placed into circular moulds, and then being eaten. I could not help, but think about the interactive process, between people, and that in which they are vulnerable to (in this case, the choice to consume alcohol).
This led me to the idea, of using the audience themselves (the visitors of galleries) as part of my process. As well as an idea, to replace the 3-D hands.
After this decision, I decided to research, and see if any other artists had done similar work which I could reflect on.
Eventually, I came across an artist, who left a pile of sweets. As the gallery time went by, the pile of sweets slowly diminished, as people helped themselves.
While doing this research, I found a way (theoretically), to make small edible human hearts, out of jelly. If all goes well, throughout the exhibition time, passing visitors can take, and eat individual pieces of human heart jellies (which I will created from a customised mould), to represent pieces of me, eventually leaving nothing there (as they are taken). As well as imagery showing what there was at the beginning, along with the explanation inviting them to take a piece, even when there may be none left to take.