Vigil is a site-based installation exploring the power of loss and remembrance through a unique auditory experience. Ignited by my ongoing work with a community of women continuing the tradition of bedside singing to the dying, the project encourages visitors to acknowledge the passing of time and the complexity of grief while sitting together. Vigil is designed for public access in sites already embedded with their own history of loss and rebirth.
In October 2017, Vigil was created for the historic chapel in Green-Wood Cemetery. The project encourages visitors to consider their relationship to the site as both tourists and participants in the greater history of humanity--sitting with others who have walked the same path, or imagining those who have arrived and departed before. This work was part of Reimagining Tradition, an exhibition highlighting the intersection between socially engaged art and ritual practice.
In September 2016, I created Vigil for Clermont, a historic home on the bank of the Hudson River. Housed in a former milk shed attached to the main house, the installation provided an intimate environment, creating a holding space for contemplating loss, and allowing these emotions to be processed in a public way, thus shattering the cultural norm of silence surrounding death and mourning.
This project was made possible in part through funds from The Pollination Project.