Monday, April 23, 2012

Mourning Monday 4.23.12

I'd like to share a link I stumbled upon recently called: Morbid Road Trip: The Scattered Artifacts of Lincoln's Assassination. It's wonderfully macabre.
I love how mundane objects can be instantly transformed into sacred relics.
I think people like to find a way to connect with the past. It's our way of remembering, of focusing on that one instant or moment in time.

Some of you may be familiar with my Weekly Reliquary project recently. One very personal relic in particular stands out to me.
You can read about it and see the relic here and then view the reliquary here.

What type of artifacts do you find magical?

Monday, April 16, 2012

Mourning Monday 4.16.12

mourner #55

tombs in the Musée des Beaux Arts in Dijon, France

photo from the New York Times (to show scale)

catalog book by Sophie Jugie

I made it to the final day of The Mourners exhibit at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts yesterday. 
The exhibit consisted of 40 tomb sculptures, carved in marble and alabaster, from the Court of Burgundy; specifically from the tombs of Philip the Bold (1342-1404) and his son, John the Fearless (1371-1419). It was the final stop in the US before returning to its home in France. 
While maneuvering around dudes wearing loafers without socks (the horror!), I was able to experience the magnificence of these beautiful Medieval sculptures up close. And I really wanted to pick one of these up to hold! 
Each statue represented a monk in various states of devotion and mourning. One could almost feel the sadness when seeing them all together in procession. 
Unfortunately, no photos were allowed. There is an accompanying book by Sophie Jugie: Tomb Sculptures from the Court of Burgundy as well as an interactive Mourners website where you can see each mourner in 3D. 
I'm so glad I made it to this exhibit. Maybe I should get started on my mourner sculptures...they will be cats, of course. 

thanks for reading!

Monday, April 9, 2012

Mourning Monday 4.9.2011

 St. Louis Cemetery No. 1
 New Orleans October 8, 2011
(part three)

xxx marks the spot.

Monday, April 2, 2012

Mourning Monday 4.2.12

St. Louis Cemetery No.1
New Orleans October 8, 2010
(part two)

This may be my favorite shot of the day.