GRIEF

curated by ciarra

Grief: Google definition: great sorrow. 

After a year like 2020 I've seen the five stages of grief disappear and reappear in my life. I mean where does one begin? The pandemic, the ups and downs of my mom's battle with cancer, the senseless murders of our brothers and sisters, the loss of my sister, climate change, capitalism, and the list goes on. It's been a balance of both extremes: joy and grief.
 
This exhibition was not like the first one. Grief took months to put together. I had to walk away and revisit it multiple times. Like many of my friends, it's been hard for me to admit that I have been grieving the state of the world. I was running away from my feelings of grief. Who wants to grieve? Especially when there were so many other things in my life that is worth celebrating. Still, I cannot deny how I feel. I am working on accepting and welcoming all feelings that arise, even the ones that push me to cry. 

In Khalil Gibran's The Prophet, he speaks on both joy and sorrow, saying, "When you are joyous, look deep into your heart and you shall find it is only that which has given you sorrow that is giving you joy. When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight...the two are inseparable. Together they come...

It wasn't until I accepted that I was in fact grieving, I was able to pull these artworks together. Personally for me, each work deals with grieving in some way or another. Maybe you will find some of your feelings in these works too.

Stay tuned for my future art talk about this exhibition! 

-Ciarra K. Walters