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Ashes into Art exhibition

 

Here is an competition and exhibition in the US, sent over to me by Charles Cowling at the Good Funeral Guide, that deals exclusively with funeral urns as an art form. At first I thought now that’s a bit odd an exhibition about works of art for cremated ashes, but actually if you have a look there is some quite excellent work. I suppose there is two (or more) things going on here first the need for the ashes to be prominent – and these days a lot of us shy away from the big Victorian looking urn on the mantelpiece.  However having a thing of beauty that won’t look morbid makes sense. The second is about celebration and recognition for the artist, again no more hiding.

Anyway see for yourselves www.funeria.com

1 thought on “Ashes into Art exhibition

  1. Maureen Lomasney - 26th July 2010

    Richard,

    Thank you for your post and link to FUNERIA® in reference to our “Scattered” competition and exhibition, which was our theme of our 4th biennial international Ashes to Art® event that ran from 27 Sept to 30 Nov 2008.

    Please note, however, that the artwork being juried and selected for our exhibitions is not meant to be physically made out of ashes–such as mixed in paint or ceramic or concrete–but are intended to contain ashes, such as urns, reliquaries and personal memorial art objects to house all of an individual’s ashes, only a small portion, or none at all. The ashes could then be stored long-term in these vessels, buried, placed in a niche, or could be used to help in the scattering process. So… none of the artwork presented in our gallery, and available for sale, actually contains cremated remains (though they may be simulated).

    Regarding the interesting emergence of products in which ashes are actually being mixed in the production process, one UK product designer, Nadine Jarvis, who won a 10,000 GBP bursary from London’s Design Museum in 2006, has created an amazing, evocative and beautiful body of work in her “Post Mortem Research” project which was part of her graduate program from Goldsmith’s. We have been very proud to debut her work in the U.S. and present it in our gallery. Even here, cremated remains were simulated in the making of these pieces.

    Our current exhibition, and 5th biennial Ashes to Art®, is still open to Entries from artists worldwide who are working in all media. The deadline for entries is 9 August 2010 and the exhibition opens both in our Northern California gallery and also online. The Call for Entries, forms and images of past exhibition winners is posted on our new blog: http://ashestoart.wordpress.com. Readers may also be interested in seeing scenes from our gallery on our new gallery blog: http://arthonorslife.wordpress.com

    I hope that some of your readers may be interested in seeing how FUNERIA, through our exhibitions and Art Honors Life® gallery are advancing the role of artists in the creation and production of beautiful work that is evocative and reflective of a much loved life. We believe strongly in the value of artist-made work in this genre as it is the one final shelter that has the capacity to reflect a uniquely hand-wrought life.

    Kind Regards,

    Maureen

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