Korrin Zerr: Memories

Artist Statement

A floral installation dedicated to the memories made with my grandma and how those moments of grief and time have molded my family into who they are today. Tints, tones, and shades of brown curly willow create movement and swirls within this floral tribute for the evolution of grief and growth after loss.

There are five well-known and recognizable stages of the grieving process: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance. But I believe there is an unexpected sixth step, and that is remembrance. Remembrance makes us feel waves of emotion: sadness, frustration, and even happiness. No matter what time passes, there will always be small reminders of the person you love. Those memories, while they may be hard, will allow you to enjoy small pieces of who they were and how they made you who you are today.

My grandma was rooted in a kind of dedication and love for our family. She could be found baking fresh cinnamon rolls or taking steps to ensure that our family farm prospered for generations to come. She was grounding and she supported us.
The sculpture of this tree symbolizes the growth and healing after loss. As trees age, their growth is not linear. They hold a memory of the weather and the growing conditions of years past. My symbolic family tree and literal trees alike, when a loss is suffered it is felt for years to come. This tree represents the unforeseeable emotions and memories that engulf us during the grieving process.

About the Project

  • Title of Work: Memories
  • Medium: Floral Installation 8'X4'
  • Student's Name: Korrin Zerr
  • Major: Agriculture
  • Anticipated Graduation Date: 24-May
  • Hometown: Montgomery City, Missouri
  • Student's Mentor: Lesleighan Cravens
  • Mentor's Department: Plant Science