Community participatory embroidery, Thoughts and Prayers is an assemblage of embroidered flowers created by many hands in collaboration with Liam Benson. Working in artist-led workshops, participants designed and embroidered beaded and sequined flowers as a tribute to loved ones. Created as a response to mass floral tributes, Community participatory embroidery, Thoughts and Prayers is a memorial that is an expression of public emotion and private mourning. It is a shared celebration of love and the living.
Benson is a Sydney-based artist whose practice incorporates performance, photography, video and textiles. His practice is informed by collaborations with diverse communities and presents an ongoing conversation about how culture, subculture and identity interrelate and evolve.