Once Was (Remembrance)

Once Was (Remembrance)

Artist: Jodi Colella

Title: Once Was (Remembrance)

Attribution: Once Was (Remembrance), 2019, Jodi Colella, Acquired by Fuller Craft Museum

Year: 2019

Materials: 2-sided obelisk created with donated clothing, black velvet, black canvas, red embroidery yarn, earth magnets

Dimensions: 12 ft x 5 ft

Image Statement: Once Was is a memorial for all those lost to the opioid epidemic in the prime of their lives. This 12-foot, 2-sided tower is covered with 3,600 poppies that are stitched from donated clothing and then sewn onto a plush black velvet foundation. Each of the 3,600 poppies represents 200 individuals lost.