Past Work: Murder
To get the best chance of marking the original location of Charlotte’s grave, I will of course need many markers with which to mark possible grave locations. Each will contain a label inscribed with fragments of the story of her murder as described in contemporary newspaper accounts; grave locations will therefore be marked not with a name, but with what might be described as memories of the event.
This serves two purposes. Firstly, one of the markers may well mark the grave of Charlotte Noon - we will never know. Or perhaps, those unmarked graves, marked in this way may contain the remains of people who knew Charlotte Noon. With an event such as a murder, within such a small community, the reverberations would be felt for many years to come - those who did not know her personally and were laid to rest in the cemetery, may well have known about her or had memories of the event.
Secondly, the fragments of this story reflect the fragmentary nature of memory and of the past itself. The story as a whole - just like the past - will only come together through the actions of visitors walking between the markers and within their imaginations as they piece it back together.
To see more about this project, please visit my old website.