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Loss is a happening, an emotion, or feeling. It is a universal concept, an essential component of life, and part of human nature. Each of us has suffered a type of loss. For some, it may be the kind of loss that leaves a gaping emotional hole that is difficult to recover from. For others, it could be a type of loss that might be forgotten by the end of the day, such as a pair of sunglasses or keys. While there are different types of loss, it is very much a part of the living processes. This idea or concept is not only part of being human but part of life in general. Most living forms encounter loss, whether it is a tree shedding its leaves, or a lioness that has taken down an antelope’s young. It is all loss, a cycle of living life.
Being human and suffering loss is ubiquitous. Around the world people and living creatures are enduring losses of all kinds and of varying degrees. We see these losses documented everyday. The compartments and the divergent types of loss that we as humans suffer is part of who we are as people. Loss for the majority brings change, whether it was desired or not. Some of the adaptations from loss will cause individuals to experience growth and transformation. For others, they may find it debilitating. Sometimes people suffer the same loss, like the death of a father. Yet their reaction and coping with that loss can and will be very individual and unique. Loss is a phenomenon that we all endure and go through, however there is no set way to react, feel, or understand a particular loss.
As humans we also, compartmentalize our losses throughout life; this is part of being a higher intelligence, unlike other living things. Some people experience loss to point of having different personalities, but this is the extreme. Most of us shelf or contain these losses each time we sustain them. Some “containers” are large, small, battered, cracked or banged up. Loss can be documented by a memory, this memory maybe painful and may be contained and put away. Some vessels maybe reopened over time, while others will be hidden among the past evidence of loss that has been purposefully forgotten. The owner, never knowing if the vessels will expose themselves again and with what kind of force they will unleash.
As we travel through our lives and the lives that are to be born, we will endure varying degrees of loss like all other life forms. However, our lives will be molded and modeled by the losses we experience. Our emotions and cognitive thinking will decide how we compartmentalize what we have undergone. We as humans cannot see, feel, or understand loss without love. We are ruled by love and thereby will forever be affected by loss. Loss is sustained by love and love always cohabits with loss.
Below is a selection of Lynnie's work, beginning with a brief description of each grouping and the interactive nature of the pieces.