THE ART OF GRIEF
When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs. When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence. — Ansel Adams
The Art of Grief is a small organisation offering a range of creative ways to honour death, grief and the loved ones who have died in our lives. We have a gallery, museum and shop which is open every Saturday afternoon from 12.00 - 16.00.
The shop has a bi-monthly theme that brings together artefacts, objects, artworks and research on creative practice and grief. The shop borrows work to exhibit and sell by artists, writers and poets, relating to death and grief as a way to generate conversation. The aim is to create a multi-disciplined shop as a platform for conversation about death, funeral practices, grief and end of life to take place. We have a monthly Art of Grief death cafe which further explores the current shop theme.
I am passionate about creating an open culture where people feel able to talk about end of life, death or grief.
The theme of this month’s newsletter is that deep grief experienced and channelled into an object. Sometimes objects become containers of grief, they feel as though they have a soul. They breath, triggering feelings of loss and mourning. Andrew Bryant artist and psychotherapist is showing his work in the shop this month. The links and ideas in our current newsletter connect to the feeling I have when I look at the black plasicine ball. Joan Didion writes in a particular way about grief. In this link she reads the first chapter from her book Blue Nights. Gus Van Sant's film Last Days explores the hopelessness of addiction and the loss of young life. Exit Music (for a film) was made for the end scene in Romeo and Juliet, love, longing and ultimately death. A lot of untimely endings and an awful lot of longing.
In The Shadow of the Object
ANDREW BRYANT Untitled (refrigerated trolley), acrylic on canvas board, 30x42cm, 2018
IN THE SHADOW OF THE OBJECT
20TH SEPTEMBER -8TH JANUARY
OPENING 20TH NOVEMBER 14.00 - 16.00 DUST, THE SHOP 4-5 ALBERT BUILDINGS, PENZANCE, TRI8 2DB
I often think of the black ball as a brooding presence that stares back, and in this sense I’m excited see how it works being shown alongside the cadaver trolley paintings, which also look back at you. I want the paintings to be intense and disturbing, and at the same time fascinating. Death is like that. It is difficult to look at but at the same time compelling. Despite myself I can’t not look. Looking, when I look at death, is incomplete, out of control, my eyes no longer obey my ‘I’. I don’t want to see what I can’t stop looking at.
Andrew Bryant Untitled (silver trolley), oil on Linen, 40x50cm, 2019
My Black Ball My black ball, black plasticine, 26cm diameter (approx), 2009 — ongoing.
ART OF GRIEF
CAFE MORT (DEATH CAFE)
The content of this months newsletter and the new shop exhibition The Shadow of the Object, by Andrew Bryant will form the basis of the next CAFE MORT topic. The Art of Grief cafe mort will take place the first Saturday of each month as an informal space to talk about death, grief, taboo and end of life. If you would like to join please book through Eventbrite. The event is by donation with invited guests joining me each month.
Places are currently limited to 6.
This month CAFE MORT will take place in THE SHOP 4-5 ALBERT BUILDINGS, TR182DB
SATURDAY December 4th 10.00 - 11.30 BOOK HERE FREE EVENT
STILL LIFE DRAWING WORKSHOP
A memento mori still life will be set up from objects such as bones, taxidermy, bottles and other interesting objects exhibited in the shop. It is an opportunity to draw freely. This is not a taught class as such although I am happy to give feedback if you feel it would be helpful. It is for those who love drawing and enjoy a variety of death related artefacts to observe and study. You will need to bring a sketch book or paper and the art materials you wish to use. Refreshments will be provided.
ART OF GRIEF
STILL LIFE DRAWING x 6 places
FRIDAY 12th NOVEMBER 14.00 - 16.00
£10 PER SESSION BOOK HERE
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