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A grieving artist overcomes the terrorist murder of her son through her art. But what will happen to it after she dies?
When sculptor Suse Lowenstein’s son Alex was murdered in the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, in an effort to come to terms with her grief, she turned to her art.
She began to sculpt herself and how she felt upon hearing the news of her son. She sculpted life size figures, nude, raw, exposed and in pain. This helped her somehow cope. Thinking this may help other relatives of the victims, she posted about her project and 75 women responded.
“Dark Elegy” follows the story of how a mother overcame her grief through this raw and intimate art work and by doing so helped thousands of others. It poses the question: Does a monument to private grief have a public place?