© 2018 by Kayla Wiley

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Portland, OR 97225

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      "WHEN I WAS 5 MY MOTHER WAS KILLED BY A DRUNK DRIVER. I LEARNED THAT LIFE COULD BE LOST AT ANY MOMENT; THAT THE WAVE OF DEATH SENDS RIPPLES THROUGH THE LIVING, AND CHANGES LIFE AS IT PASSES THROUGH. I NEVER RECOVERED FROM THE LOSS OF HER. IN THIS BODY OF WORK I AM RE-EXAMINING THE LIFE THAT WAS LIVED WITHOUT HER, AND HOW HER ABSENCE AIDED IN MY GROWTH REGARDLESS.

         I DON’T HAVE MANY MEMORIES OF WHO MY MOTHER WAS WHEN WE EXISTED ON EARTH TOGETHER, BUT HER MEMORY IS KEPT ALIVE THROUGH THE STORIES THAT ARE TOLD ABOUT HER. ALTHOUGH THIS PROJECT FOCUSES PRIMARILY ON MY EXPERIENCE OF LOSING HER, IT IS ALSO IMPORTANT THAT IN THIS WORK, I HONOR AND CELEBRATE HER LIFE. I HOPE THAT MY AUDIENCE WIL REMEMBER WHAT IT’S LIKE TO BE A CHILD, AND REFLECT ON THEIR OWN EXPERIENCE OF GROWTH AND LOSS IN THEIR LIVES.

HER NAME IS LORRIE ANN MACANAS WILEY

A LOVED FRIEND, MOTHER, WIFE, SISTER, AND DAUGHTER.

I MISS HER EVERY DAY."

You Held My Hand for a Moment,

I Will Hold You in My Heart Forever

2018

Plaster, Acrylic Paint, Makeup Powder, Gold Leaf, Baby Doll, Training Bra, Birth Control, Tampon, 2018 Graduation Cap, Borax Crystal

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Installation View

You Held My Hand for a Moment,

I Will Hold You in My Heart Forever (Detail)

2018

Plaster, Acrylic Paint, Makeup Powder, Gold Leaf, Baby Doll, Training Bra, Birth Control, Tampon, 2018 Graduation Cap, Borax Crystal

Dimensions Variable

You Held My Hand for a Moment,

I Will Hold You in My Heart Forever (Detail)

2018

Plaster, Acrylic Paint, Makeup Powder, Gold Leaf, Baby Doll, Training Bra, Birth Control, Tampon, 2018 Graduation Cap, Borax Crystal

Dimensions Variable

You Held My Hand for a Moment,

I Will Hold You in My Heart Forever (Detail)

2018

Plaster, Acrylic Paint, Makeup Powder, Gold Leaf, Baby Doll, Training Bra, Birth Control, Tampon, 2018 Graduation Cap, Borax Crystal

Dimensions Variable

You Held My Hand for a Moment,

I Will Hold You in My Heart Forever (Detail)

2018

Plaster, Acrylic Paint, Makeup Powder, Gold Leaf, Baby Doll, Training Bra, Birth Control, Tampon, 2018 Graduation Cap, Borax Crystal

Dimensions Variable

You Held My Hand for a Moment,

I Will Hold You in My Heart Forever (Detail)

2018

Plaster, Acrylic Paint, Makeup Powder, Gold Leaf, Baby Doll, Training Bra, Birth Control, Tampon, 2018 Graduation Cap, Borax Crystal

Dimensions Variable