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Just In Case (for Gil)


Just In Case (for Gil)

Glass, resin, papier-mâché, goose and duck feathers, acrylic paint, human hair.
16.5 x 8 x 8 inches.

I’ve created cremation urns before, but this particular urn is for Gil, my husband. I wanted to create
something personal for him, with a touch of my own sense of humor. In various cultures, the eagle
represents many things -- strength, independence, determination, stamina, power, honesty. He is all these
things, and more.
I used his actual hair around the eagle’s eyes to celebrate his memory and preserve his essence – a
tradition that dates back to the memento-mori of Victorian times. A lock of hair is an amazing material
with which to work, because it will remain colorfast and unchanged for decades.

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