Aptly titled One man in his time – a reference to Shakespeare’s famous ‘ all the world’s a stage…’ monologue, is a celebration of finite life and a contemplation of infinite loss. Using over seven hundred of her late husband Henry’s possessions, multi-award winning artist, Hedy Ritterman has created a personalized mapping of a man and his era.
Hedy has ‘unpacked’ her late husband Henry’s life through the display of these everyday things – some might call them ‘ready-mades’ or items that represent key life cycle stages, from childhood through to adulthood.
The objects on display reflect some of the key moments in Henry’s life, such as his university years studying dentistry, his swimming triumphs representing Melbourne High at school competitions, Victoria at State championships and Australia at the Maccabi Games in Israel where he beat Mark Spitz, who went on to win Olympic medals, as well as his experiences of fatherhood.
By placing these objects in a spiral on the floor, Hedy paves a path for audiences to walk through, enabling visitors to take a physical trip down his, and their personal memory lane.