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Resting Place

 

Resting Place
This body of work is intended to honor the love, commitment and dedication people have to their lost loved ones. The images are of roadside memorials. In these, one can see the depth of love, loss and affection people have for their lost family and friends.

From the artist, Robbie Hinson:

Resting Place
“The Roadside Memorial”
 
Very early in our married life, as we were passing a recently constructed roadside memorial, I told my lovely and patient wife, “if anything ever happens to me on the road, don’t let anyone put up one of those things for me”.  For her sake I will not say how long ago that was but it has been some time. 
Looking back, I am not sure why I felt that way.  Maybe I thought they were inappropriate or caused problems for the road maintenance crews.  Maybe it was because I was young and thought I would live forever.  Some years ago we had a personal experience with one.  Since that time, I have completely changed my thinking on these beautiful heartfelt structures.

Most researchers agree that roadside memorials have their roots in Spain, dating back to the 1600’s.  Pall bearers carrying coffins on their shoulders to gravesites would have to rest along the way.  Stones were placed where they would stop and over time these became piles of stones that eventually included crosses and other mementos.  The tradition moved west to the new world into Central and South America. In time, families began marking the spot where their loved ones had departed the earth with crosses and other types of memorials.    This custom continued to spread north, across the Mexican border and into much of the Southeast, Southwest, and many other regions of the United States.

I believe these memorials are erected out of a sense of love, loss, and frustration.  When an individual dies, funeral and gathering plans are the job of the immediate family, leaving many family members and friends with nothing to contribute.  It is in that place of frustration and loss that these memorials are erected by those individuals who have a need to do something but cannot.  Simply put, these memorials are expressions of love.  The images here were made to recognize and honor the love, commitment, and loyalty to the friends and family that created these beautiful structures.


Opening reception:
Thursday, January 11, 2018 | 5:30-7:00 p.m.
Light hors d'oeuvres and cash bar

Exhibition runs through February 23, 2018.

About the artist
Robbie Hinson was born in 1963, and has been shooting images since 1976. He has a bachelor of arts degree in photography from Virginia Intermont College. Robbie lives in Camden with his wife Michele and daughter Cameron. His last exhibit at the FAC, "Southeastern Americana" was presented in 2012.

The Bassett Gallery is sponsored by:

Date

January 11, 2018 to February 23, 2018

Time(s)

  • January 11, 2018 at Opening Reception: 5:30-7:00 p.m.

Venue

Bassett Gallery