Spices healing grief

One Friday night my father died very unexpectedly, in the middle of a family celebration, to mark my brother and sister-in-law's 5th wedding anniversary. We were all enjoying ourselves when we discovered that dad had died. It was a terrible shock and we were all numbed with grief.

The following evening a knock on the door was swiftly answered and to our complete surprise one of our neighbours, a Hindu, was standing on the doorstep with a huge quantity of food. She quickly explained that she didn't know what to do or how to help us, so had decided to cook a full Indian meal for everyone present, as she thought we'd probably hadn't eaten, which was perfectly correct! It was amazing, and to this day I still remember how the smells and tastes of spices 'cut' through the rawness of grief. It was a true humanitarian gesture of kindness.

Caroline
Bracon Ash, Norwich, UK

 

Artist’s response

I chose this story because when I read it I was interested in the idea of grief and the darkness that comes with it, contrasted against the brightly coloured, warm spices in the story. I was also interested in the act of kindness existing between people of different cultural backgrounds.

Artist

Sara Alfaraj
Sara Alfaraj is a graphic designer working full time as a website designer in Norwich. Her artistic practice outside of work consists of digital collage, illustration, print making, and, occasionally, doll making. Her Middle Eastern/British heritage informs her fascination with contrast, which she enjoys exploring through colour and subject matter.

 

Instagram: Saraalfarajdesign

Spices healing grief

One Friday night my father died very unexpectedly, in the middle of a family celebration, to mark my brother and sister-in-law's 5th wedding anniversary. We were all enjoying ourselves when we discovered that dad had died. It was a terrible shock and we were all numbed with grief.

The following evening a knock on the door was swiftly answered and to our complete surprise one of our neighbours, a Hindu, was standing on the doorstep with a huge quantity of food. She quickly explained that she didn't know what to do or how to help us, so had decided to cook a full Indian meal for everyone present, as she thought we'd probably hadn't eaten, which was perfectly correct! It was amazing, and to this day I still remember how the smells and tastes of spices 'cut' through the rawness of grief. It was a true humanitarian gesture of kindness.

Caroline
Bracon Ash, Norwich, UK

Artist’s response

I chose this story because when I read it I was interested in the idea of grief and the darkness that comes with it, contrasted against the brightly coloured, warm spices in the story. I was also interested in the act of kindness existing between people of different cultural backgrounds.

Artist

Sara Alfaraj
Sara Alfaraj is a graphic designer working full time as a website designer in Norwich. Her artistic practice outside of work consists of digital collage, illustration, print making, and, occasionally, doll making. Her Middle Eastern/British heritage informs her fascination with contrast, which she enjoys exploring through colour and subject matter.

 

Instagram: Saraalfarajdesign

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