Worcester Polytechnic Institute’s (WPI) Gordon Library Class of ’41 Gallery will feature an exhibit for the Halloween season on New England gravestones. On display will be gravestone rubbings created with foil and on paper by Judith Trainor. In her work, Trainor captures the imagery of death including skulls, skeletons, hourglasses, winged cherubs, birds and flowers. The rubbings are done with light-weight foil to show the depth of carving and design detail. Trainor has taken this form of gravestone rubbing in new directions by using a variety of foils, finishes, rubbing techniques, and framing methods and applying them to different types of gravestones. Most of the impressions were done in the early cemeteries of Massachusetts but there are some from other New England states and New York. Through her work Trainor strives to interest people in exploring and preserving local burying grounds.
There will be an artist’s reception on October 29, 4-6 p.m. This exhibit is on display from October 22 until December 18, 2010.