“Remarkable Presence,” an immersive art installation and AR experience by artist Jen Urso takes place at Walter Art Gallery, will run Sept. 17 through Oct. 15, at 6425 E. Thomas Road, Scottsdale.
Scottsdale, showcasing thousands of small, paper suitcases, representing the total number of COVID-19 related deaths in Arizona. Satellite exhibits and Collective Grieving events will also take place at Practical Art in Phoenix, AZ and Vision Gallery in Chandler, according to a press release.
In addition to the large-scale installation of over 18,000 suitcases and display of “pop-up” suitcases using COVID-related obituaries, the public is invited to several community events of collective grieving on Sept. 17 and 25 and Oct. 9 and 15.
At these masked events, the community can receive an empty, numbered suitcase from the installation with the agreement to emotionally tend to the person’s belongings and memory, the release said, adding even if they do not know exactly who that person is.
“I hope that these events and this work will be an opportunity for us to share in the grief we’ve experienced over the past year and a half. I hope it will give people the chance to think or talk about the person they miss,” said the artist, Urso in the release.
The public can learn more about the exhibit and even request to receive a suitcase (with a donation to Marked by COVID or Pongo Poetry) through the artist’s project website: remarkablepresence.com. The website offers information, shows work virtually and a point of contact for community members to request suitcases and make a donation to two worthy organizations, noted the release.
To make an appointment email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about The Walter Art Gallery or the featured artist visit walter-art.com; remarkablepresence.com; and jenniferursoart.com.