Thursday, March 11, 2010

En Memoriam - Rachel

I've always found cemetaries interesting: The idea that a body needs a space after death is somewhat foreign to me, and yet cemetaries and their plethora of memorials intrigue me. How people choose to memorialize their loved ones can be a matter of religious rite, personal need for connectedness, habit, obedience or reverence. Some of the most beautiful and spiritual art can be found in the places of the dead, along side the neglect, decay and artiface. In this particular cemetary I was struck by the number of graves bearing artificial flowers... beauty that isn't quite natural and can't quite compare to its organic counterpart, like the bodies enbalmed, entombed, their decay delayed in perpetuity the flowers fade but do not wither; fall but do not nourish.

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