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Exhibition of Memorial Concepts

Artist(s): Sigrid Zahner, United States

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Proposal Title: Unloud Shroud, 02/23/2009, Installation

Proposal Synopsis: I am in process of working on a piece that comprises 4000+ porcelain cast figures to represent the US military losses to date (each figure has the name of the individualon its back). These are sewn together in groups of approx. 100, to the size of 6' in height per sheet, the size of an average human shroud. IN the installation I am proposing a collection of smaller, 2D cut-out clay figures assembled along the sides of the walls, insignificant except by their numbers. I want this piece to resonate not with accusation but with a view of inability of a group, so blinded by its own grief, to see the losses of others, the victims of 'collateral damage'. On a greate human level this can serve to be a reminder that all of humanity suffers when an indivudal suffers, and we must recognize that all suffering is equal, but it is the suffering of those closest to us that we most recognize.

Artist's Biography: I am a professor of visual and performing art at PUrdue University, teachign both graduates and undergraduates (sculpture and ceramics). I have a national show record and am represented in both private and public collections. Resume available upon request.

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