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The Story of ‘The Tear Jar’ by Beatrice Ajayi

The Tear Jar II

The tear jar piece symbolises the sorrows of life and being real. It speaks of Intense emotions, sadness, loss, promise, hope; I have created a handful of artwork with crying individuals. Sometimes the reasons are obvious, for example if they are in a situation of peril. Occasionally like ‘The Tear Jar’ piece it isn’t so obvious.

If I take it to a personal level I don’t always cry in public. Most of the time in my adult life. I take my tears elsewhere, and it would be a lovely idea that the most precious tear filled moments could be remembered with a tear jar. If I expand on it a little more I don’t know if they already exist in some cultures. I do remember a depiction in a film about the roman emperor Nero saving the tear he cried for a close friend in a little vile.

Anyways this art piece is specifically about storing tears, obviously precious on some level. Do they ever dry out? Do they have a lovely aroma or are off putting to the nasal passage.

Either way my little character looks very determined to keep on saving them. That is not a small jar she is holding.

I still have to tweak some areas before its finished finally. I will try and tell the back story for another piece tomorrow.

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