Currently showing at the Gadsden Museum of Art until May 2019.
A Senior Exhibition
Everyone experiences loss, on a grand or small scale, and grieves accordingly. When Elisabeth Kubler-Ross wrote about her well-known model of the five stages of grief, she identified these as stages most patients go through. Much of the time this model is wrongly perceived as a set of sequential phases, however, she states that she never once saw a patient go through the stages in order without backtracking or skipping over them, and that not one patient faced death in the same way.
In this work, I hope to represent the chaotic nature of grief through the imagery of waves, and present that imagery in contained fragments in an attempt to bring some sense of order to the turmoil. The continuous background image of the waves allows the viewers to imagine themselves consumed in the complicated nature of grief. The cluster-style presentation illustrates the non-linear progression of the healing process. Through the circular windows I am challenge the viewer to grasp the chaos in a digestible bit.
As if immersed in a riptide, the chaotic crests, the consuming darkness, and the disorienting surges and whirls of grief thrashes you around for an undetermined time and eventually you emerge sodden, gasping for air and searching for something to hold on to. Unable to foresee, the waves continue to catch you off guard. As time progresses the mist begins to settle and eventually you find yourself ashore, and it is easier to detect the oncoming waves and predict their forms. One day you realize that things are different; it’s easier. The waves come further apart, and they aren’t so devastating. You may even feel it as a welcoming reminder as it washes over you, secure in the fact that you will make it through to the surface.