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Hello Death, Where Have You Been All My Life?

Hello Death, Where Have You Been All My Life?

On view

Jul

29

Sep

16

Through

Jul

29

Sep

16

When

Jul 29, 2022

Sep 16, 2022

Brightly colored room with table and a book upon the table

Photo credit:

Macon Reed, "These Are Not Fables" (Installation Detail), 2021. ©

Current Exhibition

UPcoming Exhibition

past Exhibition

On View 

Hello Death, Where Have You Been All My Life?

On view

Jul

29

Sep

16

Through

Jul

29

Sep

16

When

Jul 29, 2022

Sep 16, 2022

Brightly colored room with table and a book upon the table

Photo credit:

Macon Reed, "These Are Not Fables" (Installation Detail), 2021. ©

Current Exhibition

UPcoming Exhibition

past Exhibition

On View 

Hello Death, Where Have You Been All My Life?

On view

Jul

29

Sep

16

Through

Jul

29

Sep

16

When

Jul 29, 2022

Sep 16, 2022

Brightly colored room with table and a book upon the table

Photo credit:

Macon Reed, "These Are Not Fables" (Installation Detail), 2021. ©

FRONT & CENTER

Front & center

Hello Death, Where Have You Been All My Life?

The way we think about death affects the choices we make while we are alive. In the wake of Covid-19 and the social unrest that has defined our time,  the presence of death and grief in many of our lives has been unavoidable. Over the past two years, artist-researcher, community organizer, and Center for Craft grant recipient, Macon Reed has built Hello Death, Where Have You Been All My Life? an immersive installation that harnesses the social function of ritual space to reflect, process grief,  heal, and envision alternative futures.

Reed’s vibrantly-colored shrine-like space revolves around a monumental, central altarpiece covered in imagined ritual objects. These objects are based on Reed’s interviews with workers in the field of death and dying, including death doulas, chaplains, funeral parlor directors, grave diggers, and green burial advocates.   As viewers walk around the altar, they will come upon an interactive funeral parlor scene where the artist’s voice guides them through a meditation about death. Central to this audio is the idea that individual reflection on death may create collective change towards more purposeful and sustainable ways of living.

Hand-crafted primarily from paper-mâché, paper fiber clay, and gouache, Reed’s uncanny altar objects range from trumpets to loaves of bread. Seeming almost real, Reed modifies their scale and saturation just enough to indicate that you have entered an alternate realm. Unlike rituals that function in a prescribed order, Hello Death, Where Have You Been All My Life? implores viewers to prioritize what they value most, consider their cultural frameworks around death, and reflect on the potential of ritual and craft to heal.

Macon Reed is the recipient of the Center for Craft’s 2020 Craft Research Fund Artist Fellowship. Each year this substantial mid-career grant is awarded to two artists to support research projects that advance, expand, and support the creation of new research and knowledge through craft practice.

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OPENING RECEPTION

Fri

,

Jul

29

,

6:00 pm

8:00 pm

Where

Bresler Family Gallery

67 Broadway St., Asheville, NC, 28801

ARTISTS

Macon Reed

ARTISTS

EasterN Band Cherokee Exhibiting Artists

CURATed By

Exhibition management

Installation by

Macon Reed, MT, Sarah Darro, and Ian Brown Lee

Exhibition design

Edited by

Graphic Design by

Kristi Pfeffer

Photography by

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Meet the artists

ᏚᏍᏓᏯᎫᎾᏱ Gabriel Crow

Cherokee, NC

Faye Junaluska

Cherokee, NC

Lucille Lossiah

Ramon Lose

Cullowhee, NC

ᏯᏗ ᎺᏂ Betty Maney

Cherokee, NC

ᏗᎳᏂ Dylan Morgan

Cherokee, NC

ᎺᎵ ᏔᎻᏏᏂ Mary W. Thompson

ᏎᎳᏂ ᏔᎻᏏᏂ Sarah Thompson

Patricia Welch

Field Building

about the artists

Photo credit: Jamie Hopper

exhibition Images

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Hello Death, Where Have You Been All My Life?

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The Craft Research Fund Artist Fellowship is generously supported by the Windgate Foundation.

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For a full listing of the generous funders supporting the Center for Craft and our programming visit centerforcraft.org/support

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exhibition

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supported

in

part

by

the

the

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a

division

of

the

Department

of

Natural

and

Cultural

Resources.

For a full listing of the generous funders supporting the Center for Craft and our programming visit centerforcraft.org/support

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UNC Asheville transforms lives through leadership and education. The designated liberal arts and sciences institution for the UNC System and one of the nation’s top 10 public liberal arts universities, UNC Asheville enrolls 3,600 students and offers more than 30 undergraduate majors and a Master of Liberal Arts and Sciences degree. UNC Asheville also encourages students to take part in a nationally acclaimed undergraduate research program and participate in interdisciplinary learning. From internships and hands-on projects, to study abroad and community engagement, students experience an education that extends beyond campus into the vibrant City of Asheville, the surrounding Blue Ridge Mountains and the world.

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A liberal arts college grounded in social responsibility, where hard work and community are more than just words.

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For a full listing of the generous funders supporting the Center for Craft and our programming visit centerforcraft.org/support

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