View the art of remembrance at Icons In Ash at National Museum of Funeral History

Portrait of John Bernard Boxer by Heide Hatry | Photo courtesy of National Museum of Funeral History

Following the 2018 debut of their newest permanent exhibit, The History of Cremation, the National Museum of Funeral History further explores ways to memorialize loved ones with Icons In Ash, an exhibition of contemporary fine artist Heide Hatry’s memorial portraits crafted from the cremated remains of the deceased subjects.

In looking for ways to cope with the loss of her father and a dear friend, Hatry devised a heartfelt form of commemoration by using a labor-intensive mosaic technique to embed individual ash particles into a surface of beeswax, forming a rich, textured likeness of her loved ones.

Recognizing that this artistic technique could help others struggling with bereavement, Hatry would go on to form the foundation of Icons In Ash by crafting memorials of others’ loved ones, including beloved animals.

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About the National Museum of Funeral History

The National Museum of Funeral History houses the country’s largest collection of funeral service artifacts and features renowned exhibits on one of man’s oldest cultural customs. Visitors can discover the mourning rituals of ancient civilizations, see up-close the authentic items used in the funerals of U.S. presidents and of popes, and explore the rich heritage of the industry that cares for the dead.

Icons In Ash at National Museum of Funeral History

Photo courtesy of the National Museum of Funeral History

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