Referencing a previous series of work entitled Demise of the South Side Community Art Center (SSCAC), Demise Shroud is a 70’ x 5’ charcoal rubbing of the SSCAC’s main gallery floors. The gallery, named after SSCAC founder Margaret Burroughs, is the centerpiece of the organization and has been the gathering place for thousands of artists and community members since 1938. In this regard, the floors have become a didactic instrument. The muslin and charcoal reference the capturing of tombstone engravings, exploring involuntary death or destruction, what it means to destroy and what can be lost or gained from destruction. The piece seeks to both memorialize history while providing an intimate critique on the survival of culturally specific institutions.
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