” An exhibit of small works exploring various cultural responses to death as a passage. Artists will include Chico Harkarder, Amanda and Tom Cockrell, Heather Brush, Claudia de Franko, Brian Counihan and others. The gallery will be open from 1 to 5 p.m. each day.
October 24: Writers Read, 7:00
November 1: Dia De Los Muertos, 5-7:00
November 2: Films – The Dead, Departures, 1-5:00
November 4: Art By Night, 5-9:00″
I answered a call for works that explores the cultural understanding of death, for the show above, Dead, Dead, Dead! in honor of the Day of the Dead. I’ve long been a student of spirituality and spirit, in answer to losing family and friends so close to me. My exploration of ghost and beliefs was my response to needing answers about what comes next, if the spirit does exist after our physical death. This show seemed a natural for me to complete works for.
9″ x 6″ Through the Veil is the first piece I created for the show. An assemblage, utilizing found and created objects, it addresses the reaction to the death of a loved one and what we might do in attempt to continue to communicate. It depicts a sign through the veil, with use of the ouiji board. To the left are three common “signs” people tend to take to heart: a bell ringing, a penny showing up in odd places, and a feather that falls into our path.
The box is created from an old ouiji board game, covered in cheese cloth on the outside. A brass fixture piece is a portal where spirit can enter to communicate. A brass hand hovers over the planchette, giving energy for spirit to call upon. What will the message be?
The Day of the Dead is supposed to be a time to remember your dead loved ones. One of the traditions is to partake in a candy skull representing that person with their name and relevant decoration. The candy skull has become a symbol for the holiday of remembrance. I knew I wanted to use this image. I also wanted to address the feeling we so often have, that death comes to those we love at the random quirk of fate. And so, this piece was created:
8 1/2″ x 16 1/2″ When Your Number’s Up is an assemblage piece, pulling together found and created objects to form a new piece of art. In this case, the base is a wooden drawer, covered with vintage Bingo cards and sealed with an aged patina. The top of the drawer is garnished with Bingo number chips. The metal ball cage was found at my favorite Goodwill store and houses my depiction of candy skulls, each numbered and ready to be pulled out of the game. The hand of fate turns the crank.
I hope to see many faces at the Dead, Dead, Dead! show and events.
Artworks Through the Veil and When Your Number’s Up are by Heather Brush and are available for sale.