In this series, I combine the reality of post mortem tintypes with symbolism used in posthumous paintings of that era. Recording the dead as a treasured remembrance was common practice in the 19th century. Mortality rates were high especially among mothers and children (it was common for babies to remain unnamed until after their first year of life). Death took place at home and preparation was often carried out by women who embraced death as a fact of life. The use of flowers, colors, fabrics and objects all had significant meaning in posthumous paintings.
There is always sadness with death and the tears incorporated in each image pay tribute to both the deceased and the ones left behind.