So, I was messing around on Wikipedia the other day looking up famous cemeteries and the like, and I came across the term 'thanatourism'. Evidently, thanatourism (also called dark tourism) is real thing defined by traveling to a site associated with death, tragedy, and the seemingly macabre. In fact, there are whole institutions dedicated to studying the motivations behind dark tourism.
Now I'm fascinated and can't stop reading about it!
...have been incredibly hectic.
I apologize for the lack of updates, but I have barely had a moment to breathe. I started teaching 6-12 grade art at Wayne School of Engineering in Goldsboro, NC and that has consumed most of my time. We are also planning to move since my job is about an hour away from where I live, so most of the time that I do have has been spent packing and cleaning.
I am trying to get some work done though. For part of our vacation this year, we went to Savannah, GA specifically to go to some cemeteries. It was really incredible and very inspirational. In addition to the half dozen or so pieces that I started at the end of Graduate School, I have also started an installation based on memorials and a series of monoprints with gravestones as the subject. I'm pretty excited about them. I am just ready to move so that I can start working again. We are moving into a two bedroom townhouse, so I will have a whole room to use as studio space.