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Their Body Became (an Antenna, Transmitting the Message of God)

veronique d’entremont

Fabric, clay, graveyard dirt, ashes of the artist’s mother | 2021 


Park Hours:
8am – 6pm daily

veronique d’entremont, Their Body Became (an Antenna Transmitting the Message of God), 2021. Fabric, clay, graveyard dirt, ashes of the artist’s mother. Image courtesy of the artist.

L.A. State Historic Park
1245 N Spring Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012

About the Project

Artist veronique d’entremont presents a public artwork that reimagines their own family legacy of bipolar disorder and suicide through the veneration of human ancestors and non-human kin. Through their devotional sculpture and poetry, d’entremont crafts a personal mythology that seeks to reclaim agency and find liberation amidst patterns of intergenerational trauma. A tapestry bearing a selection from the artist’s poem, “Hail Holy Queen: A Novena To The Bees” provides the ground for an empty clay shrine at the top of the hill. At the foot of the hill are a series of sculptural receptacles, bearing purposeful statements written by the artist as a form of invocation. Viewers are invited to write their own responses or prayers and insert them into openings incorporated into the sculptures.

Through a QR code provided at the site, viewers are invited to watch Their Body Became an Offering a ritual that guides participants through a practice of letting go—offering up parts of themselves that no longer serve them, so that healing can enter the new space left behind.

“I have found that personal myth-making and storytelling are powerful tools to help make sense of difficult events in the past, and to heal from patterns of intergenerational trauma. While we can’t change painful events in our past, we can change how we feel about them—and that’s the first step to moving beyond them.”
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WE RISE honors the profound contribution of Tongva Elder and WE RISE artist Julia Bogany who passed away March 28, 2021 in Los Angeles. We uplift her voice as an incredible leader who used arts and culture to educate, elevate and build community.

“We, the Indigenous People, the Traditional Caretakers of this landscape are the direct descendants of the First People who formed our lands, our worlds during creation time. We have always been here. Our Ancestors prepared and became the landscapes and worlds for the coming of humans with order, knowledge and gifts embedded in the landscape. Our Ancestors imbued us, who now live here, with the responsibility and obligations of our original instructions as told to us in our creation stories. We are guided by protocol and etiquette to be part of, take care of, and ensure the welfare of the NATURE, the extended family and community defined in its most inclusive expression. We pass those teachings and responsibilities onto our children, grandchildren and many generations to come.”

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