If there's one universal truth to everything in living existence, it's that at some point we all die. Personal beliefs aside, one's culture often frames our interpretations of death and of the rituals we carry out with the body, as well as the mourning process of those who live on. Inspired heavily by the catacombs in Paris, Denise Rouleau and Mark Roberts have collaborated on a show that explores the vast topic of death—its purpose, its ritual, its significance. Using vintage printer trays reassembled to accommodate thousands of handmade mummies, Rouleau's and Roberts's work is intricate yet simple, much like life and death itself. Standing from a distance, one sees a mass of colors, and, like tombstones in a cemetery or a crowd in a stadium, the overall image may appear static. Up close, one can see the details and significance of each individual—mummies vary in shape, size, color, and material—each alone in their space. Like the individual letters and words that were once housed on the printer trays now turned catacomb, perhaps each death is unique in meaning, while a part of a greater world. Public reception with artists' talk 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Friday, November 2.
Oct. 15-Nov. 9, 2007