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Requiem for COVID-19: Compassion Drawing Event

Thursday, August 5 @ 6:30 pm 9:30 pm

Requiem is a ritualized grief project, a communal ceremony to honor those that have died from COVID-19 as well as to celebrate their lives. As of June 1, 2021, 594,000 people in the United States have died because of COVID-19, and worldwide deaths have reached 3.5 million people. Numbers tell us how many, but they do not convey who or the lives that were lived. 

By artist Tina Rath, this project has a worldwide scope that gives us the necessary opportunity to grieve together and to acknowledge the importance of each individual that has passed. As we become more comfortable moving about again in the world, Requiem offers the opportunity to pause and reflect. 

This project consists of 108 necklaces of carved and ebonized wood that mass together to create a prayer mala or necklace and a collection of circle drawings in gold ink – one circle for each person passed. The names of those that have died are written in each circle. The project also will include exhibitions and the production of a limited edition book (250) to hold a record of the grief project including in-process images, installation images and the collected names of those that passed to date of the printing. More about the project here

Join Us 

Grace Cathedral is proud to partner with Tina Rath to offer the space for you to participate in Requiem by drawing golden circles for each individual who has passed, and writing that person’s name on each circle. This is a compassionate, simple and profound act that honors each person’s individual existence. Come between the hours of 4 and 5:15 p.m. or 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. From 5:30 to 6:15 p.m. please  join us at our Eve of the Transfiguration Memorial  Evensong.  

Let us know you’re coming and help us to prepare, by registering here. 

About the artist 

Tina Rath is an American artist living and working in the San Francisco Bay Area. Tina’s practice moves fluidly between studio jewelry and drawing. Sometimes durational and always executed with a high attention to detail and a deep interest in process, she explores ideas in distinct bodies of work and projects. Rath’s work is included in the permanent collections of the Museum of Art + Design in NYC, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, MA and the Mint Museum in Charlotte, NC as well as in numerous private collections.