Rhea Giffen, Coeur d’Alene mixed media/papier mache artist describes her experience creating for this show at Liz’s invitation. “I recycle a lot of newspapers in my work and am often struck by the obituaries. Sometimes the faces jump out at me and I may take time to read the stories. As I wish them and their loved ones comfort and support on their journey, I imagine a symbolic rebirth of sorts as a little bit of their story becomes layered in the foundation of my sculptures.
To create a vessel that can be used as a funerary urn or simply a place for keepsakes to honor a loved one is a natural progression for my art. While working on these pieces my most prevalent thoughts were of the interconnectedness of all life.
I love the concept for this exhibit. Death can be such a beautiful part of the circle of life. I hope people will become aware of the abundantly creative choices that are available to personalize their remembrances.”