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Lucy Pooler

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The Work of Mourning (Charcoal and chalk pastel on paper, 127 x 220 cm)

The Work of Mourning (Charcoal and chalk pastel on paper, 127 x 220 cm)

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Artist's Statement

I made this drawing on the ten-year anniversary of a car accident in which my mother died. The title, The Work of Mourning, is borrowed from Derrida’s volume of texts on mourning and memory. The book is a collection of his letters and eulogies written to friends, on their deaths. They serve as memorials to life and friendship and are his attempts to reconcile himself with death and mourning. While personal and private, these public letters speak of loss on a collective and universal level. I came across this book months after I made this drawing and the title resonated with me, particularly because it points to the impossibility of death, in the mind, of someone living, and the difficulty of reckoning with it. This artwork is the work of mourning.

Artist's Biography

Born: 1975. Lives and works in Cape Town. Received her BA(FA) and her PGCE from the University of Cape Town. Major exhibitions: Rust-en–Vrede Gallery and AVA Gallery, Cape Town.