Memorials for Travis

5. Trav and Roe

When we got to a certain point, I said to Rosa: I have $90 toward The Travis Trip. She said: WE have $90 toward The Travis Trip. She is right.

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Love full circle,
Marianne

Memorials for Travis

Travis for Colorado[1]

This is the Travis image for Colorado. There are six spots that I will paste this image: the same spots he pasted Joses with me before he died, plus one on the trip out there – looking out over the Kansas prairie at the windmills – and one at his memorial site across the street from his mother’s house. Rosa drew the pink heart, just as she did on the Travis image at the memorial performance of Origin of Painting we did for him right after he died. I love full circles – when things come around and around. A precious circle was broken when Travis died but – image by image – this work is mending it.

#memorialsfortravis

#memorialsfortravis

There is a core image for many of the projects I do in honor of my nephew, Travis, who died a year ago in March, and a core relationship between the Travis projects and my project ‘I love Jose’. As part of ‘I love Jose’, its core image, called ‘little Joses’, has been pasted in various parts of the United States and in other parts of the world.

For the next in this series of memorial projects for Travis, I took that core image from the other Travis projects and created this cut-out from sparkly teal paper. I am now pasting Travises as I pasted Joses.

Less than a year before he died, Travis helped me paste Joses in various spots in Colorado, where he lived. This summer, I will return to Colorado to re-trace the steps Travis and I took together when we pasted them. In each of these places, I will paste a Travis.

I didn’t intentionally set out to create all these circles and connections, but as these projects unfold I take comfort in this. I am grateful that I can.

Travis and Jose

Travis and Jose

This is my nephew, Travis, taking a photograph of himself. On his body, he has drawn a Jose from my art project ‘I love Jose’. I have received many Jose surprises since Travis died. At his funeral, his church youth group gave me a Jose Travis had done. It is the one he wears on his heart in the memorial performance of ‘Origin of Painting’ I did for him. My sister has given me many: a Christmas tree ornament Jose; a framed Jose pasted onto a pastel drawing Travis did when he was a little kid. Today, I received this in the mail from her. The time stamp on the photograph is 3/25/2013 – three days before Travis died. He was a gift. This photo is a gift. Jose was a gift. And today, just for a minute, I can see that.

Memorials for Travis

Memorials for Travis

This is National Mental Health Awareness week (October 6-12, 2013). My beautiful friend, Meredith Moody, attended a National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) event in Florida on Sunday and this is how she honored Travis.

This is an eight inch tall cut-out figure of Travis based on my memorial performance for him and it is leaning against a luminary. I love how it looks life-size in this photo. On the back, she wrote part of a poem I wrote for Travis after he died and part of a lament I wrote for him for the performance:

I ask the universe to please bear the beautiful soul of
Travis Evans-Lombe
gently upon her waves and her wind.

and

Thank you Travis, for lighting it up for as long as you could hang in there, buddy.

Origin of Painting for Travis

Origin  of Painting for Travis

I am a mother who lives with sorrow.
I am an aunt who lives with even more sorrow.
I am a sister who grieves mightily for the pain my sister must now sleep with every night for the rest of her life.
I am not a very religious person,
but I ask the universe to please bear the beautiful soul of
Travis Evans-Lombe
gently upon her waves and her wind.
Amen.

Thank you Travis, for lighting it up for as long as you could hang in there, buddy. I love you – Aunt Marianne

Origin of Painting for Travis

Origin of Painting for Travis

This was a special moment. It was the morning after the performance and I had removed Travis’ cut-out. Rosa asked me if I had any sidewalk chalk and I said I didn’t. As I was photographing the mural, Rosa came up to me and said: “This is our lucky day”. In her little hand was a small piece of sidewalk chalk that had been left on the sidewalk. Then she drew this heart.