Brenna K. Murphy (Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design)

This exhibition of art works will be displayed in the Stamps Gallery in downtown Ann Arbor. Exploring the process of grief, the formation of continuing bonds with the deceased and their relationship to the physical labor of making, the work that will be featured in this exhibition centers around the repetitive and laborious construction of handmade lace using threads harvested from the clothing of my close friend, Ana, who passed away last year. Works emerging from this process will include a “memorial” sculpture made with Ana’s own unfinished lace, a live performance depicting my process of harvesting thread and using them for lace-making, and a large-scale sculptural installation piece created by suspending several hundred yards of my own handmade lace between two sides of a long narrow corridor-like structure.