Art for Grief

Art for Grief is a gallery of studio practices proposed by Rachel Glynne to accompany the grief seminars for the MSc Art Therapy course. The studio practices of Stone, Ice and Hair have been responded to by student artworks. Rachel prepared the photographs and techniques associated with each one of these studio practices and presented their associations to expressing experiences of grief.

Stones

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Weir, B. (2020) Stones for Grief [Painted stones]. Belfast: Private Collection

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Byrne, R. (2020) Crocheted stone. [Twine]. Donegal: Private Collection.

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Byrne, R. (2020) Weaving on stone [Stone and embroidery thread]. Donegal: Private Collection.

Ice

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McClory, M. (2020) Frozen in time [Ice, watch, flowers, photographs]. Northern Ireland: Private Collection.

Each ice cube holds a daisy or a photo of a person. I have arranged them depicting the face of a clock where the time has stopped at the point when the person we love has died. This is an old Irish tradition or ritual where all the clocks in the house would be stopped at the time of death and remain like that during the wake.

As the ice melts the daisies and photos are released. When someone we love dies time stops. We have choices to make, to stay frozen in the moment and not to face the pain, to wish time would roll back and we could make things better, one more hug or to move forward in love. No matter how much we want to hold on to the person, time moves forward, everything changes symbolised by the ice melting.

The ice lolly holding the watch face also melts releasing time.

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Harley, K. (2020) Pouring Bleach into Ice [Bleach and fabric]. Donegal: Private Collection

Hair

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Duddy, R. (2020) Hair piece [Hair and metal]. Northern Ireland: Personal Collection.