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Bay Area artist and filmmaker Elizabeth Sher is Professor Emeritus of Art at the CCA in San Francisco and Oakland where she taught Painting and Media Arts. Starting in fine art prints and oil painting, Sher moved into 16 mm film and mixed media works. Currently working in video, artist books and digitally mixed media on canvas, paper and metal she passes freely between static and moving images, paint and pixels, traditional and new media. She mixes these with a strong basis of formal discourse and a quirky sense of popular culture blended with insightful honesty and humor.
“My creative output is an attempt to examine aspects of perception: what is seen, the interaction of sight and memory, the construction of narrative and how this process informs our understanding of the world.” -Sher
Her artworks have been exhibited nationally and internationally. Public collections include The San Francisco Museum of Art, The Fine Arts Museums of California, the San Jose Museums of Art, The Oakland Museum of Art, Carnegie Mellon University, U.S. Embassy Collection and private and corporate collections.
“As a filmmaker, my framing Is essential to the composition of each shot and sequence – but more generally, my entire creative practice could be summed up as an ongoing process of framing/editing. I consider the implicit cultural and historical frames beyond the physical borders and how we receive our sensory impressions.” -Sher
Sher’s films have earned grants, won national festival awards, aired on PBS and cable networks from San Francisco to New York, from Australia to Portugal and Israel. She is the winner of the 2014 Fleishhacker Small Film Grant and the 2012 Roy Dean Grant for Film. Her 2014 documentary PENNY, won First Place Audience Award at the Intendence Film Festival, Denver, CO; and a Certificate of Merit at Rochester International Film and Video Festival. Other festivals include Mill Valley Film Festival, CA; Berlin Short Film Festival, Germany; Edinburgh Film Festival, Scotland; San Francisco International Film Festival; NY Independent Film Festival; Black Film Festival, Dallas, TX; and Baltimore Women’s Film Festival, MD.
Rituals of Remembrance: The Art of Mourning
Rituals of Remembrance: Exploring the Art of Mourning –
When Maggie Simpson Adams lost her uncle there was no healing ritual or closure. A year later her aunt was murdered in Mexico where she had lived for more than 2 decades. There the villagers created an altar and chanting circle in a ritual celebration of her life.
The disparate experiences led to the film Rituals of Remembrance: Exploring the Art of Mourning as Maggie explores ways to integrate death and life in a more healing and satisfying way. Expanding her (and our) understanding of historical and cultural mourning practices, and celebrating death through ritual and art, Rituals of Remembrance: Exploring the Art of Mourning looks at several options for more successfully experiencing this most important passage in our lives.
The elaborate culture of Mourning and Mourning Art which flourished during the Victorian Era focusing on their objects, jewelry and sculpture, dress codes and practices.
The Mexican celebration of Dia De Los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, with it’s ritual vigils, foods, flowers, artistic altars and communal graveside gatherings
DIY rituals in our own country created by individuals, families and artists working with this theme in their practice.
These DIY practices exist without the community involvement and support important to the Victorians and Mexicans. Both cultures have a strong focus on “making”, using the hands and creativity as part of the healing process. Rituals of Remembrance: Exploring the Art of Mourning presents images and ideas as a road map to support those in grief and to cope with our own mortality.