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Artist's work honors 164 lives

Rohrbacher: Subjects are alive to her
Rohrbacher: Subjects are alive to her

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‘Memento Mori'

What: Opening reception for artist Kat Rohrbacher's “Memento Mori,” which features her drawings of people who had pictures run with their obituary during April 2007.

When: 7-10 p.m. Saturday.

Where: SOMA Gallery, 1430 W. Main St.

Cost: $1 for reception

Note: The exhibit will continue through July 10 by appointment only; call 409-3123 to schedule a time.
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Kat Rohrbacher drew subjects of one month's obituaries.

Thursday, June 26, 2008 10:21 am
Kat Rohrbacher has always been fascinated with obituaries, which sum up a human life in a few inches of newspaper type.The lives and stories they chronicle contributed to the inspiration for her new exhibit, “Memento Mori,” which goes on display with an opening reception Saturday night at the SOMA Gallery on West Main Street.

The exhibit builds a connection between birth and death by linking her birth month — April — with the 164 people whose photos appeared with their obituaries during April 2007 in The News-Sentinel, Rohrbacher said.

The Fort Wayne native attends graduate school at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, but she is back in town to set up the exhibit and to attend the opening reception Saturday night.

One wall of the exhibit will show the finished charcoal drawings she did of each person, she said. The opposite wall will feature lighter line drawings of the same people.

The 328 images, which took her about a year to complete, are hung together in the order in which people died during the month, she said.

Rohrbacher said drawing one face after another became repetitive and almost meditative. She read each obituary as she worked on the drawing and thought about the person's life.

“They are very much alive to me,” said Rohrbacher, who hopes some of the people's families attend so she can meet them. “It also made me reflect on my life and what you would put in your (own) obituary.”

With all the work that has gone into completing the drawings and preparing for the exhibit opening, Rohrbacher said her work's full impact hasn't hit her yet.

“I think it is going to be a pretty powerful piece,” she said.

More Information

‘Memento Mori'

What: Opening reception for artist Kat Rohrbacher's “Memento Mori,” which features her drawings of people who had pictures run with their obituary during April 2007.

When: 7-10 p.m. Saturday.

Where: SOMA Gallery, 1430 W. Main St.

Cost: $1 for reception

Note: The exhibit will continue through July 10 by appointment only; call 409-3123 to schedule a time.

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