Earth wounds / Karen E. Frostig.
“Earth Wounds: Art in Response to Murder,” is a multimedia project and contextual essay, that deals with the sociopolitical ramifications of death and violation occurring at two different points in time: the pending destruction of twenty acres of Massachusetts woodland across the street from the artist's home and the death of her grandparents in the Holocaust. The project bears witness to murder as a profound instance of violation, while reworking such atrocity to denote death as an ongoing cyclical event. The project also speaks to murder and the symbolic nature of burial practice as a “return” to the earth, as a means of achieving a partial resolution for losses while providing a vision of hope through a sense of renewal. Earth is employed as a restorative element that reawakens the need to mourn and the need for closure. By juxtaposing the story about the trees with the story about the artist's grandparents' murder in the Holocaust, the artist uncovers her father's story about survival. The centrality of his story in her life grows to become the heart of the essay. Through the process of excavating her father's story, the artist finds the light of her own voice. The art documents the shift in focus from that of murdered victim to that of survivor. A second element, occurring early in the development of this project, is that of September 11th.1 The uncanny and compelling synchrony of this event, in terms of timing and symbolic content, is embodied in the artistic processes. The multifaceted project, “Earth Wounds,” coalesces around plans for community-based, onsite burial ritual and ceremony, which incorporate carefully crafted artifacts referencing the trees, the Holocaust, the artist's father and September 11th. These artifacts and four other works were placed on exhibition at the Andover Newton Theological School, spring of 2002.The contextual essay locates the project within a performance art framework. A sociopolitical, psychospiritual discussion, rooted in ecofeminist discourse, is developed in concert with a review of the artist's work.1On September 11, 2001, al-Qaeda terrorists attacked the World Trade Center in New York City, killing close to 3,000 people.
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