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22.00"W x 7.00"H x 3.0"D

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Melanie Kehoss


Medium: Painting

Subject Tags: papercut, purple, green, parasol, funeral, dance, marching band, band, musician, music, new orleans, light, history

Media: light, plexiglass, gouache, hand-cut paper on wood

Size: 22"W x 7"H x 3"D

Year Created: 2014

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This light box illustrates perhaps the most upbeat funeral tradition in the West. The New Orleans “jazz funeral” combines Yoruba, Voodoo, and colonial influences. Normally in honor of a black musician, a marching band playing spirituals leads a procession to the graveyard. After the burial, the parade increases in energy. The frame is decorated with parasols, the traditional prop of these dancers, and mirrors line the interior walls . LEDs illuminate the artwork, which comes with a power adapter and extension cable. Varnished surface can be cleaned with a soft cloth.

I earned a BA in art at Lawrence University in Appleton, WI, and an MFA from University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2007. For two years I taught foundations art at Carthage College in Kenosha, WI, while working on public art in Madison and Milwaukee. I moved to Irvine, CA in 2010, where I worked as a full time artist and member of Orange County Center for Contemporary Art. I currently live in the DC area and teach at Arlington Arts Center and US Arts Center. I am VP of Membership for the Guild of American Papercutters and founder of Greater Westover Studio Tour. My work has appeared in over ninety solo and group exhibits throughout the country.

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