1000 Moons Installation
October 18-January 5
Paper art installation and ongoing grief process, visualizing the timespan of a life through every full moon cycle in 94 years.
1000 Moons is an art installation and grief process, sharing my ongoing work of creating and displaying 1000+ hand-formed paper moons to represent every full moon cycle witnessed by my grandmother, from her birth to her death. 1000 Moons envisions a lifetime as a tangible space, where viewers can locate themselves within the full span of another life.
I began this project after both my grandparents died of COVID, as I struggled to stay grounded in my own life, and my understanding of time became distorted and unreal. In response, I am hand-forming 40 oversize sheets of paper with kelp, sheet music, and other materials linked to her history, and cutting them apart into 1,175 circles to represent each full moon in her 94 years of life. Stringing each circle together to form a hanging corridor, 1000 Moons creates a physical pathway through time and memory.
Sharing 1000 Moons with the community creates an ongoing space for the process of grieving that is missing from modern American culture. This sustained space is a vital part of our ability to heal and connect as a community, from the losses and isolation of the past 18 months and counting. Sharing my ongoing process centers the work of grieving as an ongoing process, and affirms that this process requires sustained space in our lives, our communities, and our culture.
This is the first installation in a planned series over the next year. This exhibition celebrates the project’s unveiling with my work-to-date, representing 32 years of life with 400 moons. I invite all participants to visualize their own lifetimes, and those of their loved ones, within the physical space representing a lifetime in 1000 Moons. I invite all who have experienced loss and grief, especially during this current crisis, to share their own healing path at www.ejmillerfineart.com/1000-moons.
* This is a window installation viewed from the sidewalk outside.
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