In March of 2015, one of my closest friends Cortney took her life after struggling with depression. In the days following her death, I installed this mural of her eyes on the side of her home goods store Ró located in Buffalo, New York. About six months later along with her family and friends, we removed the mural in pieces that were eventually used in a bonfire memorial that was held on the one year anniversary of her passing.
"Like the memory of anyone we lose, Collins’ mural will lose its shape and definition over time, obscured by other thoughts and other worries, until eventually its contours wear away and becomes part of the air we breathe. It is a memorial designed to mirror the grieving process itself."