The Equal Hearts Project is an artistic work raising awareness for marriage equality for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and interest community.
The project is a collaboration between myself, the gay community and the general public. The project consists of thousands of handmade paper origami hearts, using the six colours associated with gay pride. The hearts are individually numbered, each one is assigned to one individual who writes a message of support on their heart.
I then photograph each of the participants with their hearts, and encourage them to join the project's Facebook page, Twitter and Blog.
I upload the scanned images of the hearts containing the message plus the photographs of the participants to Facebook, Twitter & the website so they can see their contribution and the contributions of the other participants.
I do this to maintain the connection and interaction between the participants, myself & the project in order to keep the issue alive, and to raise awareness and discussion about marriage equality in the hope that change might be instigated. I then string the hearts onto fishing lines, 18 hearts on each line, which I then attached to a pink rotary washing line in order to create the installation. I choose to use a rotary washing line because it is one of the most recognised icons associated with Australia & 'married domestic bliss'. The strings of rainbow hearts and the hot pink colour of the washing line are associated with the Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and interest community. My aim was to artistically marry the two iconic themes together plus allow the community to comment, have a voice and contribute not only to The Equal Hearts Project but the the marriage equality cause in an original and creative way. The project is currently ongoing, there is still approximately 1000 hearts to be signed & added to the installation. I hope to finish the project & exhibited during Sydney G&L Mardi Gras 2014.
Funded by Sydney (February 2014)