Marjory’s World is a series made during Rebecca Reeve’s AIRE residency in the Everglades in December 2012. It draws inspiration from a practice in late 1800’s Holland, whereby during the wake of a deceased, it was customary to cover all the mirrors, landscape paintings and portraits in the home with cloths. It was believed this would make it easier for the soul to leave the body and subdue any temptations to stay in this world.
“This ritual seemed, by extension, to be a confirmation of the deeply moving experience that one often feels in the natural environment, and thus provided me a literal and contextual frame within which to shoot the Everglades. The curtains, all purchased from Goodwill and Salvation Army stores in south Florida, represent a ‘social fabric’ with a history already attached to them. In our increasingly urban existence that ever distance us from the wilderness experience, the drapes serve as visual connectors to the familiar.”
— Rebecca Reeve
“The miracle of light pours over the green and brown expanse of saw grass and water, shining and slowly moving, the grass and the water that is the meaning and the central fact of the Everglades”
— Marjory Stoneman Douglas