Kristi Poole-Adler’s work explores the phenomenon of ambiguous loss or living loss, a term developed by Pauline Boss to describe the experience of grieving for those who are still alive. Ambiguous loss relates to the experience of losing someone psychologically while their physical presence still remains. Through her work, Kristi explores ambiguous loss as a constant battle between absence and presence. Currently, she is experimenting with image transfers onto different materials. The imagery she uses consists of ironed on fabric transfers onto multiple layers of found textiles that are typical of a home/domestic environment, such as bed sheets, tablecloths, napkins, curtains, and handkerchiefs. The imagery used on these materials are snapshots from family photographs, parts of which have been erased both digitally and physically in an attempt to communicate a chaotic, fragmented and non-linear narrative of the grieving process. Kristi uses embroidery to enhance or veil certain parts of images, as well as text to incorporate a personal narrative of loss. Through her use of textiles, she is reclaiming women’s craft, blurring the distinction between craft and fine arts. Her work explores how to cope with ambiguous loss through the rumination of memory, by ritualistically collecting, editing, obscuring, and distorting images. Through her process, she communicates a non- linear perspective on grief as part of a living death experience.