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Wednesday, April 26 • 10:55am - 11:15am
Pretty In Pink: An Exploration Of Craft As A Tactile Guide Through The Grieving Process

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The purpose of this research is to help bring understanding, to the artist and the viewer, of what it might be like to experience the trauma of losing a child. While experiences vary from person to person it is not uncommon for many to feel immense and overwhelming feelings of guilt, fear, anger, and anxiety; as well as, resentment towards other family members. In this series, photorealistic prints depicting infant mortality are combined with soft fabrics and traditional quilt patterns to create works that encompass the pain of loss, as well as the love and care that remains after the child is gone. By combining symbolically loaded imagery with warm fabrics, these quilts work to represent the tension many families face to build and maintain strong relationships amongst themselves as well as with other loved ones. Artists such as Doris Salcedo use fabric and other items from the deceased to bring attention to the loss and hardships, as well as the fondness that is left behind when a family member passes. Artists Sara Lindsey and Elizabeth Mitchell, were also influential in the creation of this series in terms of how other artists have combatted similar emotions. Ultimately any experience shared with this body of work won’t compare to the reality of losing someone so close, however it may shed some light on the trauma that many families struggle with daily.


Wednesday April 26, 2017 10:55am - 11:15am
237 Owen Hall

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