In the last 50 years the rates of cremation in North America have risen dramatically. Because of the cost of burial and a more nomadic American population, cremation has become a popular alternative to traditional burial. In the series, Temporary Container I traveled to the most frequent locations in North America where ashes are spread. These locations are often scenic, postcard-worthy and highly photographed areas. I photographed the landscape with medium format film occasionally including a temporary container in the frame. The temporary container is a cardboard box that I obtained from crematoriums, meant to store ashes until they are scattered or placed in a permanent container.

I played on the idea of temporality as well as critiqued the sometimes messy mix of sublime and artificial by creating this work using a medium that is mass produced and disposable: the lenticular postcard. In a world where many would argue that no aspect of nature is unaffected by human impact we still desire that which is “natural” but we also embrace the completely artificial. One such example of this artificiality included in this project is Disneyland, where there have been many reports of ashes being scattered in the, “Happiest place on earth.”

Website: AbbeyHepnerFineArt.com

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