Suffolk woman shares a deeply personal art exhibition
For many, losing a child will be one of the hardest moments they will ever have to come to terms with in their lives.
Many still see miscarriage as a taboo but one woman from Suffolk hopes that sharing her personal journey will help change this.
St Mary’s Church in Mendlesham, is the latest home to ‘The Grieving Mother’ an exhibition by Marie Grueberova.
The pieces in the exhibition follow Marie’s journey to come to terms with two miscarriages in her own life.
“It’s a personal diary with illustrations,” says Marie as she explains her relationship with her pieces.
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Marie was previously a primary school teacher in her native Czech Republic before turning to art and moving to the UK.
The exhibition’s first showing was at Kesgrave Arts earlier this year.
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Marie was surprised by the reaction she received having originally viewed the showing as a way for her to tell others about her pain; “I was ready to share it. I was ready to tell my friends and family.”
However, Marie found that visitors were moved to share their own experiences ;“People related to it with their own grief.”
The second showing at St Mary’s Church was prompted by Marie’s own visit to the church to come to terms with her own grief, and also helped to inspire her to create her works for the exhibition.
Marie hopes that her latest showing will continue to help people deal with their own loss.
“I would like to think this exhibition is a catalyst. Its a very private pain to miscarry.”
In the future Marie hopes to be able to set up workshops for women and men who are grieving; “I want to to offer the help that art has offered me.”
A special church service will also take place on November 25 at St Mary’s church.
“It’s extended to any parent or relative of a child who has died,” says Anne Gray from St Mary’s,
“We just hope that anybody who wants to come along, does.”
There will be a short reflective service of readings , prayers and music . Candles will also be lit for the children afterwards.
Representatives from the Ipswich based pregnancy charity, Perspectives, will also be at the service for anyone who needs someone to speak to.
The exhibition runs until December 1.