My work is an immersion in mourning research. Four-years ago when my father and husband died within days of each other, the fundamental drives of my practice changed radically. Raised in a culture where the delicate and complicated process of mourning was rushed, clearing the way to move on or “get back to normal”, this stoic posturing left no room for ritual or its importance in healing the complex emotional experience of grief. Labor­ and time intensive works made in the studio proved a counterbalance to painful emotions. As this research has expanded, mourning rituals based on personal loss have given way to increased focus on the socio-political climate of the moment. Regardless of our difference’s grief is a common ground.  To acknowledge this commonality, I have broadened my engagement with the public by bringing the personal ritual objects out of the studio and into the community to connect in intimate, creative and regenerative spaces for healing. 

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