Christine Elfman - Cabinet Cards / Storydress II: "A series of photographs of a life-size paper mache and plaster sculpture. The dress is made of paper mache stories that I recorded of my great-grandmother’s autobiographical reminiscences.
They were fascinated by it, they took photos with their dead loves ones posed in a family type portrait, they had death rituals, they even had specific jewelry that is called Victorian Mourning Jewelry.
The exhibition Death Becomes Her: A Century of Mourning Attire, on view through February explores the aesthetic development and cultural implications of mourning fashions of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
c1790-1825 14K GOLD NATURAL PEARL & ENAMEL MEMORIAL HAIR BROOCH PIN MOURNING