Setting Stone (short)

In this video, I transmute myself into a stone as I grapple with the process of death and burial.

There are two Jewish funerary traditions that can be referred to as “setting stone.” The first is a formal ceremony called a stone setting; it is gathering of people several weeks after a funeral to commemorate the placement of a permanent gravestone. The second is the placement of a small stone upon a grave as a marker of one’s visit. I grew up learning that, within this tradition, placing flowers of a grave can be understood as a cruelty; the flowers’ lives have been ended to adorn another’s ended life, and their fading vitality is untouchable by the mind of the deceased. Stones, on the other hand, are neither alive nor dead. They endure, and slowly sink back into the earth they came from.

Setting Stone

Setting Stone

Watercolor, ink and collage, 2014