December 31, 2008
December 30, 2008
My book was initially about the earthquakes that rippled through the southwestern province of Sichuan on May 12th. Shortly after the quakes, I heard Liao Yiwn speaking on NPR about professional mourners, the corpse walkers. And how there would not be enough of them available to cry, to mourn these great losses. And the perspective shift stopped me in my tracks. Not enough to co-labor in coping seemed to equal the priority of the actual loss of human lives.
And from that time, I have been researching the topics of loss and mourning. And watching the landscapes of my friends and family shifting simultaneously. Battling earthquakes of disappointment, heart ache and loss. And this book soon transcended one earthquake on one day in one region of the world -- though the loss was catastrophic, in and of itself -- but widened to include miscarriages, still born babies, alongside unsuccessful pregnancy attempts and depression, and eating disorders, life threatening illnesses, and deaths of dear friends.
This book became more of a love poem to contain all these tears fallen, and collected, saved and counted precious.
To understand the losses of life, and their incredible power of shaping our individual and collective futures. And to in some small way, begin to articulate this resolve to move forward; this process of grief and coping.
Here is what she looks like, spread by spread:
The colophon reads: falling to pieces explores the tragedy and trauma of natural disaster in both the physical + psychological landscape; the human struggle to cope and put the pieces back together.
The outside cover envelopes these folios. Making an intimate book of 2 X 3 inches. The cover detail includes a stitched gauze bandage, each slightly unique. Five of the edition will travel + be exhibited both Nationally and Internationally, more info about the project here. The sixth will remain mine for the time being.
December 29, 2008
December 24, 2008
December 19, 2008
December 18, 2008
December 15, 2008
Winter ballerina snow fairy princess meets Christmas Puppy. These shots were taken during a quick break from rocking out to some kidlet Christmas tunes. Rocking out, in this household, is spinning until one is so dizzy that they subsequently fall to the ground and must further sit a round out to catch their breath. Or perhaps engage in a quick costume change during the excruciatingly long quiet moments that lapse between songs on the CD.
December 12, 2008
Happy Birthday Nathaniel Pierce.
[Photos taken by Emily + Angela Powers, 2007]
December 10, 2008
December 9, 2008
December 7, 2008
December 5, 2008
December 4, 2008
December 3, 2008
December 2, 2008
- Traditional Candy Canes, the larger tree-hanging ones [I remember from my youth]
- Organic Candy Canes, for making #3
- Candy Cane White chocolate "Reindeer Bark" lollipops
- Dark Chocolate Candy Cane truffles
- Candy cane peppermint sticks dipped in Dark Chocolate
- Candy Cane Green Tea
- Candy Cane Jo Jo's [Trader Joe's version of Oreo's]