together forever/forever together

site-specific materials, scrap wood, rope

2021

Currently on view at the Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Museum.

Installed facing away from Martha Jefferson Hospital.

Poetry by Maggie Weaver

 
 

together forever/forever together is a site-specific installation created primarily through the acts of removal and displacement. In digging four-foot-deep double graves, shovelfuls of dirt accumulate and mix from two individual plots to form one, unified mound. On alternating sides of each grave, there is an earthen staircase that runs down from the ground-level surface, inviting viewers to descend. The space at the bottom of each grave is covered in rocks that were excavated and collected during the digging process. Shovel blade indentations scarring interior grave walls serve as a physical reminder of removal, insinuating a kind of artistic mark making that can only be manifested through absence.


Around the installation perimeter, there are six wooden stakes that each hold an engraved poem written by Maggie Weaver, a creative writer and conservationist. Serving as both an entrance and exit to double graves, Maggie’s poems “accentuate nature’s interwoven fate with humans.” This poetry fence demarcates both a physical and sacred boundary, indicating a multilayered shift in place.