There are these two young fish swimming along, and they happen to meet an older fish swimming the other way, who nods at them and says, “Morning, boys, how's the water?” And the two young fish swim on for a bit, and then eventually one of them looks over at the other and goes, “What the hell is water?”
David Foster Wallace
The title of this new series of works at YSP, This is Water, makes reference to an essay by American author David Foster Wallace, which alludes to how easy it is to forget what is ‘hidden in plain sight all around us’.
Most recently, Daudy visited the Middle East with UNHCR (United Nations High Commission for Refugees). She will embroider and inscribe a typical refugee tent given to her by UNHCR with authentic refugee stories. The work will then be displayed by organisations in all the countries that contribute to the UNHCR, before being auctioned to raise funds for the UNHCR and the ONUart foundation, which supports art and political projects.
Daudy's encounters with refugees have been life changing for her. The grace, resilience and creativity of these people who have fled their homes, often in the most traumatic circumstances, and the compassion of those who help them, has reaffirmed her belief that, as Marcus Aurelius says: 'our life is what our thoughts make it'.
Writing on walls around Yorkshire Sculpture Park is part of a prolific street-writing campaign that Daudy has embarked on to share positive, thought-provoking messages and ideas, in an effort to encourage everyone to count and share their blessings, to smile and be kind. Her writing can be seen on schools, galleries, shops, street corners, private houses, businesses, and caravans in a refugee camp.