Amberlee Gandy and Grace Anderson: Funeral for One

VADS2021-Banners-Winners

Artist Statement

Whether it be losing a loved one, being isolated from family and friends, or witnessing the horrors of COVID-19 firsthand as a frontline worker, it is impossible to come out of this pandemic without being personally affected by the illness. Our floral artwork conveys the lonely scene of a COVID-19 patient nearing death. Blooms of carnations, roses, gerbera daisies, and delphinium in tones of fuschia, marigold, sky blue, and peony pink were placed closer to the window to convey vitality before transitioning into more neutral earthy tones, symbolizing that they are about to be laid to rest. Using manipulated chicken wire, a human body was constructed on a resting surface. The constructed body was covered in severed fresh roses, baby’s breath and mums as well as dried artichokes and hydrangeas in tints, tones, and shades of brown, gold, and burnt orange to represent someone passing alone. One last thought of human connection to our patient was the lone arrangement on the bedside table. We were inspired to create this installation after our own family members were hospitalized due to COVID-19. We wanted to use this platform to showcase the feelings of hopelessness, anxiety, and loneliness that our family members felt in and outside of the hospital. In true COVID-19 fashion, we were the only two people to see the exhibit and had to deconstruct it as quickly as we constructed it.

About the Project 

  • Title of Work: Funeral for One
  • Medium: Floral installation
  • Student's Name: Amberlee Gandy
    • Major: Agricultural Education (Communications & Leadership)
    • Anticipated Graduation Date: May 2021
    • Hometown: Gower, Missouri
    • Student's Mentor: Lesleighan Cravens
    • Mentor's Department: Plant Sciences
  • Student's Name: Grace Anderson
    • Major:Plant Sciences
    • Anticipated Graduation Date:May 2023
    • Hometown:Hillsboro, Illinois
    • Student's Mentor: Lesleighan Cravens
    • Mentor's Department: Plant Sciences
  • Art Project ID: 21VADS - 012
     

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Betsy Campbell

What a beautiful arrangement idea and the use of the colors of flowers

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Amberlee Gandy

Thank you!! 

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Dominic Hemme

Nice work Gracie!

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Jill Edwards

Lovely and haunting at the same time.  You are talented!  

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Jeff Gandy

Always surprising me you are (Yoda voice)

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Amberlee Gandy

I appreciate it!! 

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Michelle Frazier

Absolutely beautiful.   You both are very talented. 

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Amberlee Gandy

Thank you Michelle! 

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Jim Spain

This is really very, very powerful.  It connects with the deepest feelings of sorrow, loss and mourning.  Thank you.

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Amberlee Gandy

Thank you for your kind words and support Dr. Spain! 

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Jennifer Anderson

What a beautiful display of such a touching moment in time! Congratulations you two...you deserve the accolades!

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Jarrett

Proud Dad moment here.  Congrats you two!  What a beautifull piece, not an individual on the planet that will not feel an emotion by seeing this.  Truly inspiring.

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Amberlee Gandy

Thank you, Dad! Your love and support mean more than you know. 

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Hannah Catlett

  1. Such a powerful project! You can tell the time and effort put into this! 

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Amberlee Gandy

Thank you Hannah!! 

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