(Tampa, FL) May 6, 2013 – International Exhibiting Artist Jason Dowd is targeting his art to help promote cemetery preservation. He’s releasing an ongoing series “Restful Slumber” designed to bring the beauty and historical significance our cemeteries offer to our communities and why they should be preserved.
Growing up in colonial New England, Dowd spent many afternoons roaming various cemeteries with his parents, making grave rubbings and enjoying the garden for what it is. He saw many of those who died during the Revolutionary War and other wars in our country. He saw Senators and Governors who led the state and those who made the community what it is today during its formation and growth. These people helped define our city, state and country.
In 2008 he stumbled across an African American cemetery in Land O Lakes, FL by Ehren Cutoff. The cemetery was in absolute disarray. He found graves were dug up and bones thrown around the cemetery. Stones were shattered and missing. The place was completely overgrown and forgotten. It was then Dowd was inspired to preserve our final resting places.
“Cemeteries are the places where we leave our loved ones, people we care about. To see that vandalism take place breaks my heart. Those who vandalize cemeteries have no respect for anyone, no respect for their community or history. I want this series to show people the beauty these places offer and in doing so inspire those to preserve history!” says Dowd.
“Restful Slumber” is a series that brings the beauty and grandeur these cemeteries offer and brings it to life. He hopes that people will understand that these stones represent someone’s life and legacy while they were on this earth; it’s all that’s left of their existence. These stones show the town’s history, the state’s history and open our eyes to preserve this history, beauty and memories they portray.
The series is exclusive to his website and hopefully in 2014 it will be ready to be on display in galleries, museums or city halls.