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The Wake

 The Wake
Wood, waxed rice paper, Plexiglas, gouache, and LEDs

9x19x3"
2014

 

This tableau shows the somberness and celebration that the traditional Irish wake balances. Some Irish Americans have returned to having the body laid out in the home, attended by one or more women, while guests drink, eat, and reminisce in the kitchen. The Celtic knot and black ribbon stand in for the wreath hung on the door of the mourning family.

 

The Wake 3D

 
           
        All images Copyright 2017, Melanie Kehoss