This sculpture is one of a group of works that make up Dawn, an ensemble of sculptures that may be displayed in different configurations and combinations. Balka’s frequent use of such materials as ash, salt and soap allude to bodily residue. These substances function in his work as indicators of absence and loss. Although Balka’s sculptures do not literally refer to the body, they are intended to be more corporeal than if they did. They have been described as ‘traces of a life, of memories and sorrow’.
Gallery label, August 2004