Chorus of Stone: In Four Parts
In Chorus of Stones, I explore the universal desire to establish memorials through my creation of a memorial garden and bench on a small island in Maine.
It has been 20 years since my father was cremated.
We received his ashes in a brown paper bag.
We broke with religious tradition.
We had made a promise.
We spread his ashes in the ocean..
Maybe he was afraid of being underground
Maybe he was afraid of the never-ending darkness.
Maybe he wanted to be near the island that he always wanted to paint.
In Jewish tradition, you mark the end of mourning by erecting a headstone. Whenever someone visits, they leave a small stone – a remembrance. Chorus of Stones is my remembrance.