a brief synopsis…

In Uncategorized on October 16, 2009 at 6:31 am

the following is the brief description i wrote to accompany this altar. i was going to go in to personal stories of lost, then i was going to talk a lot about technique and the physical parts of the altar… but in the end this is what i came up with. i didn’t want to lead any one person into seeing the piece the way that i do… so here goes…

There are not many words that can describe the empty vacuum that is left when a loved one leaves this world for the next. There is a sense of helplessness on the part of those left behind, a sadness that in one way or another will always be there. Yet death is a natural effect of living and we all know that one day it too will be our turn and that our loved ones will in turn feel the void where we once stood. It is in the tradition of Dia de Los Muertos that the living can find comfort in the celebration of the deceased. To many this holiday is strange and morbid, however strangely enough the need to keep a memory alive has been strong even in our own culture. Here enters the theme of this altar; Momento Mori. In the early history of photography having one’s picture taking was a huge expense and was reserved mainly to the wealthy. However, many families made the financial sacrifice at the time of death to have one last memory of their beloved before they were returned back to the Earth. In the same spirit of Dia de Los Muertos these post-mortem photos were a way for families to continue honoring those that had passed on.

To me the deepest sadness when one looses a love one is the inability to tell that person how you feel. At the moment of death all that mattered the moment before is no longer important and anything you had wanted to say in now for your ears only. An Altar to Lost Love is an interactive opportunity to reflect on this reality and to express thoughts and feelings to a Lost Love. Please take the opportunity to write to your Loved One and leave it in the drawer of the altar. In the spirit of Dia de los Muertos let your letter to a Lost Love comfort your soul.

short and sweet…


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