For the Self-Murderers discusses punishment and mourning.
In Inferno, Dante depicts the wood of the self-murderers, where people who took their own lives are punished and turned into trees, their limbs are preyed on by harpies. In his poem, Gu Cheng describes the pain and transformation of poplar: “Every time I lose a limb, I open an eye.” When creating the form, monuments of massacres in history were in my mind. I am drawn to how they usually depict amalgamation of bodies and use monochrome to generalize individuals into the masses. By intentionally doing so in my piece and pushing further into the abstraction of bodies, I hope to bring attention to such methods of blurring individuals in historical recounts.