Through the Curtains

Through the Curtains

Rebecca Reeve‘s project “Marjory’s World” was made during her AIRIE (Artists In Residence In the Everglades) in 2012. “The project draws inspiration from a practice in late 1800s Holland, whereby during the home wake of a deceased person, it was customary to cover all the mirrors, landscape paintings and portraits with cloths. It was believed this would make it easier for the soul to leave the body and subdue any temptations to stay in this world,” Reeves said in a statement. The ritual could be compared to the deeply moving experience one feels in the natural environment, and thus provides both a literal and contextual portal from the domestic to the wilderness. The curtains Reeve used, all purchased from Goodwill stores in south Florida and Utah, also represent a “social fabric” and serve as visual connectors to the familiar.

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