My Grief  Series

In  1994, my beloved Jack was diagnosed with leiomyosarcoma. (a result of Agent Orange exposure from his time as a draftee in Vietnam.) At the time of his diagnosis, I was 3 months pregnant. Over the next two years we endured 5 major surgeries and seven 5-day rounds of continuous infusion chemotherapy. Our perfect, beautiful son, Rio, was born and our dear friend pansy bradshaw came to Montana from San Francisco to help us out.  When Jack died in August of 1996, I headed back into my studio entirely bereft and without a single notion about what work I might pursue.  What emerged was a series of paintings (and a couple of embroidered pieces that I had started in hospitals) addressing my experience of grief.
The Grief Series images grew out of the daily practice of art-making that I had been cultivating for decades.  Discipline and the craft served me well in my need to express my experience.

The good folks at the Missoula Art Museum got wind of the work I was doing and invited me to show the Grief Series. With expert curatorial guidance from Steve Glueckert, the grief images were displayed in a gallery draped in black fabric, on a pedestal built to facilitate an intimate, close-in experience for viewer.  A catalog was produced and over the next several years, the Grief Series traveled to ten museums and galleries in Montana and Idaho.

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The 20 images were shown in a gallery draped with black fabric.  Each one was spotlighted on an upholstered stand.

cathy weber - art - painting - woman - watercolor -illumination- montana - painting - parchment - skin - grief - heart - bloodCathy Weber’s Grief Series as exhibited at the Missoula Art Museum (Missoula, Montana) in 2000.

A catalog of the Grief series images and essays was published for the exhibit at the Missoula Art Museum. It is available from my gallery shop.

cathy weber - art - painting - woman - watercolor -illumination- montana - painting - parchment - skin - grief - heart - bloodCathy Weber’s Grief Series as exhibited at the Missoula Art Museum (Missoula, Montana) in 2000