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Remember Your Dead

Dead, Dead, Dead!

” 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.

Special events:
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″

At Liminal: Alternative Artspace in the new Community High School of Arts and Academics in Roanoke, VA.

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.

Through the Veil

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.

Through the Veil

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?

Through the Veil


Through the Veil

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:

When Your Number's Up

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.

When Your Number's Up


When Your Number's Up


When Your Number's Up

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.



The Eye of Intuition – DISMANTLED

The Eye of Intuition

10″ x 10″ The Eye of Intuition is an assemblage work that incorporates a box made from a modern Ouija Board. The box is covered in cheese cloth, representing the veil between our world and the afterlife. A wire hand, holding the eye of knowledge, approaches the planchette. Bells are hung to give the spirits something easy to utilize to let us know they are present. Can you unlock the secrets to the afterlife? The magic eight ball rests above in a brass throne, waiting for you to pick it up and ask a question.

This piece was done in honor of The Day of the Dead…don’t forget to recognize your lost loved ones. It is also the first in my efforts to participate in Art Every Day.


The Eye of Intuition detail

detail of hand

The Eye of Intuition side view

All Seeing Eye

All Seeing Eye

9″ x 7″ All Seeing Eye is an assemblage, utilizing a box made from an old Ouija board. The wire hand, with the symbolic all seeing eye, hovers over the planchette. White candles accompany a crystal ball and 8 ball to assure positive energy, while the face of tragedy appears in the corner. Above, all is watched over by a black bird. By Heather Brush. All Seeing Eye is available for sale at The Artisan Center Along the Crooked Road, in Rocky Mount, VA. $40.

detail of wire hand

Detail of tragedy

Detail of black bird