When I say I enjoy caving letters, in stone I’m often asked, with a kind of uncertain grimace, if I carve headstones. Carved memorials are important to us, weighted with meaning and reverence. Yet, at this most personal time, we seem to result to an accepted generic language of mourning – dearly loved, greatly missed, in loving memory, gone but not forgotten, forever in our hearts….
Memorials have held a unique place in our culture, a lasting social statement. But often this statement is a safe generic platitude, a socially accepted version of who a person was, or was to us. There are a few things on my mind as I work on ideas for the Stonecarved project
1- when social media allows us to personally create a statement of social memory while we’re alive, what is the function of a carved memorial?
2 – given the chance to have words caved in stone, words that really matter, what would people choose?