monika hedman

loss

this piece is part of medicine wheel 25: a day without art.

2016 - age 17

acrylic and black marker

48 x 48

challenge: create a 4 foot by 4 foot panel to become part of a mural to line the walls of the cyclorama at the boston center for the arts.  work should be based in bearing witness, testimony, remembrance, love, loss, longing and survival. limited palette of black and red.

in the background, i repeated a quote from a prayer for owen meany. read the quote below:

“when someone you love dies, and you’re not expecting it, you don’t lose her all at once; you lose her in pieces over a long time — the way the mail stops coming, and her scent fades from the pillows and even from the clothes in her closet and drawers. gradually, you accumulate the parts of her that are gone. just when the day comes — when there’s a particular missing part that overwhelms you with the feeling that she’s gone, forever — there comes another day, and another specifically missing part.”