Saved: Objects of the Dead
Saved: Objects of the Dead is a collaborative project by Jody Servon, artist, and Lorene Delany-Ullman, poet. In an increasingly unstable world, we often come together in grief seeking connection, even with strangers, to acknowledge our human suffering. In Saved: Objects of the Dead, we explore the universality of how objects embody the otherwise abstract emotions of loss and memory. Pairing photography and prose, we chronicle the lives, deaths, and relationships of individuals whose objects are imbued with emotional and physical senses, then kept by others as an affirmation of their former lives. The photographs and prose poems raise questions about the nature and function of remembrance, the consumer status of the remembered items, and the way that what may seem to be the “stuff” of our lives becomes imbued with symbolic density and even new life. This work is a mixture of object, ethnography, and language combined with a sense of personal intimacy that addresses our human mortality.
A reception, artist talk and reading will be held in conjunction with the exhibition on Thursday, February 13, 2020, 5:30-8:00 pm
Exhibition dates: January 28-Feburary 17, 2020
Where: Viewpoint Gallery, UCI Student Center
Organizer: Elizabeth Allen and Lorene Delany-Ullman