Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Charlotte B; Wearing Sister Emily Jane's Deathmask

"Charlotte B; Wearing Sister Emily Jane's Deathmask". 20"x15". Phil Barrington, 2014.
Polielettronica print from colour transparency with dyes & debris. Edition of 3.

"Dec 21st, 1848. Emily suffers no more from pain or weakness now. She never will suffer more in this world. She is gone, after a hard short conflict. She died on Tuesday, the very day I wrote to you. I thought it very possible she might be with us still for weeks; and a few hours afterwards, she was in eternity. Yes; there is no Emily in time or on earth now. Yesterday we put her poor, wasted, mortal frame quietly under the church pavement. We are very calm at present. Why should we be otherwise? The anguish of seeing her suffer is over; the spectacle of the pains of death is gone by; the funeral day is past. We feel she is at peace. No need now to tremble for the hard frost and the keen wind. Emily does not feel them. She died in a time of promise. We saw her taken from life in its prime. But it is God's will, and the place where she is gone is better than that she has left." Charlotte Brontë.


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