Grief Cartographies
Emma Hirsk

The Grief Cartographies project, considers the acute intimacies of both private and collective loss, trauma and grief, within the context of a global Covid pandemic. As an artist-researcher from Northern Ireland, based in Sweden, this project is borne from the deeply private loss of my mother earlier this year, and contextualised against the backdrop of pandemic restrictions across travel, borders, contact, care, family, illness and death. Incorporating the series 'One Hundred Sculptures for my Mother' this residency research maps a path of grief cloven by time, touch, distance, identities, memories, geographies, and covid restrictions, and presents photographs, films, drawings/writings, maps, and socio-spatial practices as a way through grief, and to somehow keep a connection to, and remembrance of my mother.