In Lieu of Flowers was born out of a desire to understand a community through loss. Like a living creature, cities change, grow, and age. The death of a city’s citizens marks these changes, and can serve as an insight into the lifetime of the city. In this way, the work becomes a memoir of place: an effort to record what something is by learning about what it can never be again. The faceless, nameless white pages speak to the universality of loss. One set of eyes becomes those of many – eyes of a family, a generation, an age. We see our own mortality reflected in the loss of others. The process of collecting, reading, and enshrouding pages of the Boston Globe obituaries is an act not only of erasure, but one of mourning and renewal.