“The show is essentially about inviting the viewer back in to talk about death,” she told me. McGaughey’s BFA show came on the heels of her father’s unexpected death 14 months ago. When she learned of his illness, she began to notice crows gathering around the wires and rooftop of her Truckee home. After he died, the image of the birds stuck with her, and she began a study that resulted in “Of Absence.”
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