Sing No Sad Songs for Me
“When I am dead, my dearest”
Kristin Giblin’s art series, entitled, “Sing No Sad Songs for Me,” an homage to the poet Christina Rosetti, is a representation of the resilience of the female spirit and beauty found in Victorian mourning customs. The three pieces in this collection each tap into the raw emotion of the artist as she delves into the symbology of death and transcendence, despair and hope. The first in the series, “Alive,” utilizes found and created pieces displayed in a shadowbox, which include an antique child’s Victorian blouse (c. 1895), taxidermy death’s-head hawkmoth and monarch butterfly, Victorian method hair-work cut from the artist’s hair, wood, lichen, paint, and moss. The piece reveals a story beyond the grave, a reminder of life that transcends death, a movement from shadow to transformation. The juxtaposition of artifacts suggests unfulfilled potential, loss of control, and role of death as the great equalizer. The other two pieces in the series, “Mourning Hands with Funereal Cypress” and “Don’t Look Back,” utilize watercolor, pencil, watercolor paper, and the modern element of Photoshop, to portray images of female mourning hands, each clutching sprigs in respect of the deceased, among traditional motifs denoting the choice to continue to move forward in the face of loss and grief, a choice that must be made every day. Together, the works remind the viewer that despite the pain and brevity of life, there is beauty in the impermanence of mortality.
All That is Left Unsaid
The death of someone we love or the end of a relationship can put us in a position where our words remain forever unspoken. Or it can be that we’re simply unable to say what we need to say the most to someone who is still around.
The staircase at the National Trust’s Sutton House was home to thousands of messages showcasing the words that were left unsaid, contributed by visitors to Life. Death. Whatever. during October 2016. You can see some of the submissions from the festival in the gallery.
We are delighted that these messages will be exhibited throughout our conference. There will also be an opportunity to contribute whatever you’ve left unsaid. Whether that’s a postcard, post-it, plain paper or a beer mat. Whatever you haven’t said, you can say it.
Learn more at www.left-unsaid.com