The Apomogy project has attracted around 500 apologies. Image via Rachel Burke/Apomogy. By Imogen Brennan.
“Sorry” – some people struggle to say it, while others say it too often.
Brisbane artist Rachel Burke is encouraging Australians to anonymously send their apologies attached to fluffy homemade pom poms.
Since launching “Apomogy” in September, Ms Burke has received about 500 apologies.
“I’m sorry we can only love each other from across the ocean,” one reads, while another says: “I’m sorry I can’t eat zinger burgers for every single meal.” (Post continues after gallery.)
One of Ms Burke’s favourites reads: “I’m sorry I made you scared of me” – from a child to her pet guinea pig.
Ms Burke said she was inspired to explore the psychology of apologising after making some challenging apologies herself last year.
She chose the medium of soft, woolly, colourful pom poms because she thinks it is a more gentle way of saying sorry.
“I’ve probably got like 30 apologies saying ‘I’m sorry I cheated on you’ which is quite sad,” Ms Burke said.
“And obviously attached to a pom pom, it’s kind of an interesting juxtaposition.”
One of the most persistent themes in the apologies received so far is love.
“I’m sorry your husband can’t see how amazing you are” and “I’m sorry I told you I loved you” are common apologies.
“I guess one of the heaviest ones I received was ‘I’m sorry Grandpa, for what they did to you’,” Ms Burke said.