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A Place at The Table - Giclée Art Prints

A Place at The Table - Giclée Art Prints

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About this Piece: 

So many of my works are close to my heart, but this is one of my favorite and most meaningful pieces I’ve ever created. This was done in collaboration with my phenomenal friend Cabinet Of Curious Clay,  who made the pitcher. Doing things with friends is so special to me and the process is just so fun. I cycled through a few ideas for the item she would make and then we decided on a pitcher. I knew what I wanted it to represent. 

Artist Statement:

In many families, cultures and communities worldwide, reserving a seat or setting a table for loved ones who have passed is a cherished and enduring custom. Predominantly, western culture sees death as fearful, silent, and off limits for conversation. These feelings are not without cause. Death is an unknowable plane, a hidden place bordering our lives. A coordinate on the map of mortality where we cannot go if we wish to return. As such, it is a formidable adversary. However, there is a lot of healing to be found in welcoming your beloved dead back into your life when you are able. For me, saving a seat is an act of remembrance and reverence. The water I drink at a table shared with the dead is a healing elixir. A fortification of the self, and protection against the eerie, lingering fog of grief.

The table does not need to be something wooden with four legs. A discussion about your honored dead is a sort of table as well - a gathering of hearts. A conversation need not be somber, or sad. A talk can be a celebration of someone's unique existence, a memorial in sound and color. Talking can also be a way to navigate the waters where the disparate oceans of resentment and grief often meet. Developing a communal practice of frequenting memories offers the dead a living place in your heart and your life.

This piece is equal parts requiem and Memento Mori. The latter being a Latin phrase that means “remember that you must die”. When you recall that you will someday be the figurative ghost in the room yourself, how do you want your life and legacy to be remembered? Lamented and then forgotten to the cold winds of grief? or mourned, but remembered and cherished.

Pitchers were often used in classical still life to indicate hospitality. This is representative here of hospitality for the dead. This cup and pitcher may be empty, but they still signal that our loved ones in death are welcome at the table anytime, and will always have a place of honor.

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