Have you ever lost someone and the grief from that loss was so profound you felt you would prefer to crawl under the ground to be reunited rather than carry on with life alone? Grief, however, is a healing process and though I once felt this way, the intensity of that pain has passed. Thankfully. Grief is an inevitable human experience-no one is spared its untimely visit at some point in their lives. I created a work as a metaphor to this sentiment, a black concrete necklace that contains the earth. If you wear it and lie down on the ground, the earth will be on top of your chest.
Today I am preparing this piece, Mine Only Earthly Barrier in the Plane of Existence is the Garden Where You Lie, for my exhibit, Sentiment & Splendor. The image shown is a pigmented concrete necklace, which contains 4 chambers containing a 3-inch layer of earth topped with moss. The 4 chambers measure 28 inches long and the entire piece (including earth and moss) weighs about 16 pounds. In a day or so I will walk to the cemetery near my house to borrow some earth and moss. During the exhibit it will need to be misted with water to keep the moss alive and fresh-a nurturing act that balances the concept of extreme grief this piece represents.
Please view my exhibit, Sentiment & Splendor, at The Tides Institute & Museum of Art, August 21-September 13, 2015. Opening reception and artist talk Friday August 21, 4-7pm. For more information about TIMA: www.tidesinstitute.org