Testimonial for Beyond Measure Installation, 24th Nov 2017
"An accidental meeting meant that I viewed Sarah Arnold’s exhibition; Beyond Measure, at the Gallery at NMIT my place of work on Friday 24th November 2017. I want to write in support of this exhibit being made available to be seen by more New Zealanders like me.
I was moved greatly and this could be because I am a mother of four son’s two of whom are the same ages as two of the men, however it could also be because my niece, a trauma nurse has just last week returned from a posting in Syria at a village in the war zone near the Israeli border. I heard about and saw photos of her experiences which included holding hands of dying men, making decisions about who to operate on or not, collecting body parts for family and conducting emergencies caesarean sections. Men and women continue to die in war every day and Sarah Arnold’s exhibition is both a connection to the pain and a silent prayer
This was my experience seeing Beyond Measure:
An ethereal reverential silence swept up from within me as I first viewed the exhibit. Solid words, judgements and conclusions about war fell away as I brushed past the delicate bandages to see the faces of the other men. The otherworldly dressings spoke for the honoured men in a way that I can’t describe and offer a prayer to all humanity to cease hatred."