Lacrimae rerum*
The tears of things.

In the visual poetry of tears is the entirely personally intimate yet universal human experience of emotion. The teardrop shape is an icon of our culture that we associate with sadness even though tears are provoked through diverse emotional experiences.
Tears are the evidence that we are human.
Tears are the physical manifestation of emotion and the embodiment of our human ability to communicate through visual cues. I am compelled to dissect the teardrop and separate it from its human home to better understand the tears in things. Through collagraph prints, Lacrimae rerum isolates the teardrop into a flattened, enlarged shape strewn with dissected bits of clothing. As though we are looking through a giant microscope we see the trappings of our human, emotional, experience. Sunt Lacrimae Rerum. There are tears in things.
Sunt Lacrimae Rerum is attributed to Virgil’s Aeneid (29-19 BCE), translating to: there are tears for things : there is pity for misfortune : there are tears in things : life is tragic*

*"Sunt Lacrimae Rerum." Merriam-Webster.com. Merriam-Webster, n.d. Web. 1 Sept. 2017

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2017
Landscape of My Desire
2015
we are the salt seas
2015
My Messy Love in Your Pristine Life
2014
Points of Light
2015
Selected Artwork 2007-2011
2016
be in a place where you may cry freely.
2015
when being free feels like being without love.
2015
Shadow Stitching
2014
Merkeyna Coif Boutique 2008-16
2015
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