Lara McAllister : Temporary Shelter - Bountiful Davis Art Center
"My installation is about my observations and discoveries related to grief. The exhibit is separated into sections: The Question, The Observation, and Seeking Advice.
"The Question: Grief begins with an initial shock. A constant storm. An overwhelming uncertainty of how to move forward.
"The Observation: Collections of quotes and phrases gathered and presented as a large bouquet of umbrellas. The dome shape is a stylized representation of the sanctuary I found under the bramble bush of my childhood.
"The phrases do not belong to me. They were slowly collected from conversations and over-heard comments. An accumulation of examples of how others combat their overwhelming uncertainty that accompanies grief.
"Umbrellas, flimsy compared to permanent structures, offer instant temporary relief. They create a portable short-lived shelter against the elements larger and greater then themselves.
"Seeking Advice: A chance for the viewers to donate personal advice or experiences related to coping with grief."
- Lara McAllister