"The Absence of Ruth" by Kari Englehardt
artist: KARI ENGLEHARDT
THE ABSENCE OF RUTH
18 x 18 x 7/8 Mixed media–wax, resin, oil pastel, sumi ink, worked over torn and stitched together digital reproduction of original on Moab Entrada rag paper, float framed by reverse panel
Part of the online exhibition, "April Dressed in All Its Trim" with guest curator, Paula Owen
This work, exhibit and the curatorial focus on Shakespeare's Sonnet 98, provided me an opportunity to process through a deeply personal loss. The sonnet speaks pointedly to the feeling of absence and translates visually to an obscuring of beauty, a void, a negative space. Selecting specific flowers from my friend's garden, imagined at the apex of spring, serves as a love letter, a tribute and a mechanism for healing.
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