© 2020 by Erin Elyse Burns

GATHER

This body of work includes a performance art piece, its images, and artifacts

Gather took place on a walking loop path in Discovery Park on March 4th, 2018, a date that marked the one year anniversary of my mother’s death. To engage with the simultaneously isolating and community oriented experience of grief, I walked 4.5 miles within the park and laid out a single stretch of black ribbon the length of the path. 
I began the performance by walking on one end of the loop, gathering the ribbon alone. On the opposite end, a group of invited community members walked together, collaboratively gathering ribbon in silence. At a chance point, we met, I gave my bulk of ribbon to the group, and we continued on our separate paths until the walks were completed. Gather aims to evoke metaphors of solitude and togetherness – burden carried alone, and burden shared.