Lauren Baechel

Mixed Media
10′ x 4.5′

Elegy is about processing grief and handling the loss of someone in your life. At a very young age, I learned firsthand about death and how it feels. Elegy was a way for me to express the feelings that I never allowed out before. I used the creation of this piece to help me move through the grief that I had not had the chance to before. This mixed media piece is made with plaster, string, steel, dried flowers, and shoes that were donated to me. Shoes are not easily worn by anyone else, and when the wearer passes they sit untouched, unable to be worn again in the same way. My theme of comfort zones travels to this piece, allowing the viewer to step into a safe space to feel and grow.


Winthrop University

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