Holding Water is an installation in which Lutterodt will use fabric, photographs, dresses and various other personal items to tell her story of grief, forgiveness and love after the death of a beloved family member in Ghana.
Isabelle Lutterodt: "When I was in Ghana in 2010 a series of events took place that left my dear Uncle Nii dead within 3 weeks. It was sudden and shocking. To support my father I stayed behind to help my dad prepare the funeral arrangements and I volunteered to begin cleaning the house. Ga tradition dictates that the room of the person who died is not to be disturbed until they have been buried so I started cleaning out a guest room in the Osu House that my uncle had lived for nearly 50 years. I discovered that he was a hoarder. The guest room was filled with bottles of water, ceramic tiles, old computer parts and clothes that belonged to my grandmother, grandfather and uncle. I immediately grabbed two dresses that my father remembered my grandmother wearing along with letters that my father sent his mother."
Isabelle Lutterodt (b. 1975) has designed and implemented art education programs for organizations throughout Los Angeles, Maryland and New York. Her career as an arts educator began in Washington D.C. at Howard University teaching in the photography program. And she received her MFA in Photography from California Institute for the Arts. Isabelle currently serves as the Director of Visual Arts at Angels Gate Cultural Center in San Pedro, CA.