An Exploration Of Grief
The world would go on, but for us it would never be the same.
The experience of losing my father to incurable cancer changed my life. I began to question our societal image of loss and grief, how that hinders our own grieving process, and how it affects the way we can express it. I was awakened to our culture’s denial of death and our abandonment of the bereaved to a kind of solitary confinement. Grief has physical, cognitive, behavioral, social, cultural and spiritual dimensions that are so often overlooked, leaving the griever to manage it alone.
In the midst of my own loss, I harnessed photography and self-portraiture as tools to explore the universality of grief. Although grief is typically associated with death, the emotion is also experienced with other types of loss that affect us all regardless of age, race or gender. Through my exploration, I learned that grief can be beautiful and transformative, that it should be honored and used as a tool in itself to mend.
Much like grief, this body of work is multifaceted, consisting of photographic images, video and installation. Designed to be inclusive of all comfort levels, the exhibition offers a range of interactions, from the passive observation of art to active engagement with others in grief sessions and immersive theater.
The intention of this exhibition is not to dwell in my own loss but, through my vulnerability, to empower us to have broader conversations about grief. The essence of the show is rooted in advocacy and community to provide participants with information, resources and tools so that we all can find belonging, support and connection.
Exhibition at Blackfish Gallery in Portland, Oregon USA
March 1- April 2, 2022
Artist talk corrections: Memento Vivere means "Remember you must live". Death images taken in 2020 during the West coast fires. It is really hard to "connect" not "disconnect" with those experience loss.