Grief as a 3D Object

Grief is a four-dimensional possession. It fills some part of this room, and it also reaches back in time and toward the future.

First study how 3D objects are enclosed: how 2D cloth or paper can be lifted out of its plane and wrapped around the a 3D thing.

To enwrap grief, we do the same.

Take a small object you have carried with you many years, an object that has come close to those you are grieving. Consider the future life of this object. Slowly and with detail, visualize where will it be next week, next month, next year, next decade. Slowly and with detail, return to this year, this month, this week. Slowly and with detail, visualize it last week, last month, last year, last decade, and return again to the present. In this way, the four-dimensional shape of grief can be swaddled and enclosed.

Prompt by: Mark Mayer