Good Grief Statement
Shira Gold’s body of work “Good Grief” is a profound visual articulation of her personal journey after the life-changing loss of her mother, Melanie Gold.
Through a series of landscape portraits, Shira poignantly reveals the vast and intense array of emotions the bereaved often face in their individual grief journey. She illustrates the deep pain and vulnerability triggered by the loss of a loved one. Each image expresses a fundamental shift in one’s reality and identity. They also highlight the discovery of one’s own strength through the unimaginable, revealing life’s continued beauty amidst what is often the most difficult time in a person’s life.
It is in nature where Shira finds understanding and expression. These photographs are her language and momentary sense of home when “home” as she once knew it is no longer. Her visual imagery portrays her feelings and perceptions about herself and the world around her, at a time when she is lost for words. Un-staged, observed symbolism is woven throughout Good Grief like a cast of characters. Every symbol reflects a key transition point of Shira’s grieving and healing process. For her, the bereaved vacillates between pain, shock, numbness, fear, solitude and a renewed sense of strength and self. The separation of two worlds-- the living and the departed, and what was and what is now, shake and stagnate those left behind. A mourner’s struggle between motion and idleness is marked by the constant swell and wane of incredible emotions.
"My grief is a continuing landscape. There is no beginning and end stage; it is ongoing. I ebb and flow through this collection. The process of observing and documenting the beauty in the pain is my applied therapy; the grief as expressed through natural landscapes gives testimony to nature’s extraordinary healing power and sense of sacred space. Such seemingly ordinary occurrences reflect powerfully the extent of human suffering and inspire our gradual resurfacing. The rise and fall, or birth and death journey, is in itself a natural cycle. Everyone eventually experiences it; it connects us to something far beyond our mere selves and ties us to one another. Like the giving and taking of nature itself, this inevitable journey can ignite empathy and understanding. Ultimately it is up to us, to choose to see the Good in our Grief. ” -Shira Gold
Written in collaboration with Nava Mizrahi Rosenberg