Date of Award
Master of Fine Arts (MFA)
© 2017 Maya C. Luque
This exhibition is about Chinese burial sites and the practices that accompany the loss of a loved one. The Chinese have a practice where they build large earthen mounds as burial sites; they then visit the sites of their ancestors once a year. I have made my own burial site out of beeswax-dipped paper, which I have then stitched together, like a quilt, to form a hollow version of this mound. In traditional Western home economics quilt making is important; in my installation I use the stitch work to represent a home. In this installation my aim is for the viewer to be able to place themselves inside the burial site, walk around it, and to think about death. I believe all events become easier by confronting them. It is my hope that in confronting this installation death becomes slightly easier, because death is tough, especially for the living.
Luque, Maya, "I promise" (2017). CGU MFA Theses. 149.