The First Month of Grief, The Second Month of Grief, and First Year of Grief were all completed in the first year after the death of my mother. The pieces in this series were all an attempt to mark the days of grieving. The human hair in First Month of Grief is hair from collected my shower drain as discarded remnants, gathered strands of hair that held her own DNA, which served as some microscopic connection to her mother.
The process of creating The First Year of Grief piece allowed for processing of the experience that preceded the piece: the death of my mother. The handling of each of the 365 components (silk organza rectangles) involved the protection of the raw material (waxing), partial destruction of the material (burning), and an attempt to mend the material (stitching).