RESEARCH + DESIGN

Beyond the Veil is an art and design project that takes an intimate look at families impacted by the casualties of war. Drawing from the traditions of the veil, the project attempts to reveal the shared sense of loss among sliders and their communities. Looking at Judith Herman’s book Trauma and Recovery, the project attempts to encourage and assist in the final phase of recovery which Herman calls reconnection. The project seeks to create a reinterpretation of a veil which is no longer about morning, but operates under a new social manifestation and acts as a means for reinforcing cultural presence and identity. This reinterpretation deals with hiding as a way of revealing the shared sense of loss,  attempts to empower those affected to take the final steps in recovery, expresses the need to take action to prevent additional loss of life, and tries to be provocative by extending out into and claiming public space in order to expose the common experience of traumatic loss. The project is about the transitional moments, which involve transitioning from protecting the fragile from society to reconnecting them with society. It visually and spatially interprets the process of reconnection by providing a series of transformable conditions which vary from intimate to shared and from individual and to communal.   While the project may seem to deal with issues related to the loss of life; it more importantly seeks to address issues related to the restoration of life  and seeks to demonstrate the potential power of art and design to make trauma, recovery, and reconnection into a civic and public issues of importance.