Assembly 2021

The Grieving Walk: A Public Ritual & Performance

Thursday June 10, 12pm PST
Shelbie Loomis

Presenting The Grieving Walk, an ongoing public ritual on Portland State University Campus for mourning during a time of social distancing after the global pandemic. In this presentation, we will be engaging the topic of public grieving and how people don’t usually contextualize what they do as grieving rituals to process their emotions– this project hopes to bring awareness of our natures and habits.

The Grieving Walk Sign & T-shirt, 2021
The Grieving Walk Sign & T-shirt, 2021

Shelbie Loomis (she/her) is an artist and graduate student in Portland State University’s Art and Social Practice MFA program. She graduated from Santa Fe University of Art & Design with a Bachelors of Fine Arts degree in Studio Arts and currently lives in Portland. A self proclaimed economist and sociologist, her art and career has engaged with finances and social issues around elderly and death and dying. She is a member of AFT Oregon and AAUP Oregon.