Bereavement made me focus on creating more artwork and showing it in a public sphere. Over the years presenting this work, grieving people continually come up to me at my art shows to discuss their experiences with loss. Frequently, these heartbroken people have been pushed into societies beliefs that grief can be fixed by intellectual ideals. This misinformation keeps people entwined with loss and the ongoing conflict it creates. Through the analysis of my own personal narrative, art history, studio pratice and working with other grievers, I realized that my discomfort was not with grief and mourning but with what I saw as the prevailing cultural norm of grief avoidance.
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