Suport the Kickstarter to fund printing the book “O! Relentless Death: Celebrities, Loss and Mourning”! It's an artist’s
book created by siblings Andrew and Lee Fearnside. This book mourns
celebrities who died in 2016: David Bowie, Prince, Carrie Fisher, Gwen
Ifill, Alan Rickman and 11 more. We made linoleum block portraits and paired them with personal
narratives by 23 writers from around the country, including poet
laureates, journalists, community organizers, professors and activists. The paperback book is 73 black and white pages.
2016 sucked for America.
When David Bowie died on January 8, it was a shock. But when Prince died
on April 21, things started to get ominous. Right around then we
started to realize that Donald Trump wasn’t going away. As the latter
half of 2016 unfolded, we felt like celebrities died at an increasing
rate while the country lost its mind. We’re not alone in feeling this
rage and despair. The American Psychological Association recently found
that 59% of Americans feel that the current era is a low point in our
country’s history. We started this project as a way to process, as a way to do something
together, and as a way to deal with 2016 and everything it represents.
It was really about mourning 2017.
The celebrities that we’ve picked are not all
pop culture, and not all high culture, and not all political figures. In
their own way, all of them were change-makers. This book is a tribute
to the power of people to make change. Can we celebrate our connection to
these celebrities and their lives to inspire us to be change-makers
What power is unlocked when we grieve together? If we grieve
authentically, if we reach out to community, can we reach past our
despair to see our political enemies as neighbors?