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Gather
took place on a walking path loop in Discovery Park on March 4th, 2018, a date that marks the one year anniversary of my mother’s death. To engage with the simultaneously isolating and community driven experience of loss and grief, I walked a 4.5 mile loop within the park and laid out a single stretch of black ribbon the entire length of the path.

This ribbon calls to mind varied mourning practices seeded in the Victorian Era, references family lineage and life lines, and charts the physical distance of the path as a way to demarcate the meditative and clarifying effect walking has on the mind and body. This is contrasted against the physical toil of gathering and carrying the weight of the ribbon.

The performance began with me walking the route on one end of the loop, gathering the ribbon alone. On the opposite end of the loop path, a group of invited community members walked together, attached by the riboon, collaboratively gathering as they slowly progressed. At a chance mid-point along the path, we met, and I gave the group my bulk of ribbon to carry - alleviated of its mass and weight. We reconvened under a large leaf maple tree once we completed the loop path and staged the sculptural object of ribbon for the public to view during a post-performance reception.

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