Persimmon Tree: Bury Me Amid Nature’s Beauty and I will Reclaim a Sense of Self, is a small, understated body of work using the language of flowers, words and photography to depict a personal experience of mental health.
You may think – as the title suggests – that there will be a Persimmon Tree. There is not. But what the title does suggest is a link to nature and how the Victorians used flowers to communicate certain messages to one another. Persimmon Tree, as translated by the Victorians, is bury me amid nature’s beauty. Reclaim is this year’s theme for The Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival.
You can see my installation at The Royal Edinburgh Hospital’s Community Gardens. A peaceful haven for staff, patients and visitors to the hospital, which sits behind Morningside Road in Edinburgh.
This installation is part of a wider exhibition, Out of Sight Out of Mind, at Summerhall in Edinburgh, one of the many events being hosted by The Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival.
My work will be exhibited at the gardens until 29th October 2017. Go on a Wednesday and you can get some lunch for a small donation.