The Wreathmaker

Richard Sudden – 2005

Inspired by the funerary wreaths placed at French gravesides, Sudden has created a memorial to American soldiers and Iraqi civilians who have died in the Iraq War.

The installation of stacked plaster wreaths is added to daily from the makeshift factory Sudden has set up in the gallery space. Alongside the wreaths is a calendar that keeps a running tally of the dead.

The installation records the powerful human urge to commemorate and make some material document of the unquantifiable feelings of loss and sadness that accompany death.

– Felicia Feaster