I ask for a cigarette a friend that smokes. I take the cigarette as a memento for something that connects us. I do not smoke. I keep the cigarette and take it to my studio. I have three of those - from a special someone, my flatmate, and a friend of mine. I take out the filling and replace it with black marble dust. Marble, along with clay, cary a special value of time and they connect me to my greek heritage. Inside the cigarette the black marble dust resembles a burnt residue. I carve the wall in the exact shape of the cigarette and nest it there. With a lighter I burn slightly the wall - only for the shadow of a smoke. That piece represents for me a petrified moment in time, a moment against monumentality, one that connects me with my people, even though I do not smoke.
Manufacturer: Irini Miga