Hopi Prayer of the Soul’s Graduation

Do not stand at my grave and weep I am not there, I do not sleep. I am a thousand winds that blow. I am the diamond glints on snow. I am the sunlight on the ripened grain. I am the gentle Autumn’s rain. When you awaken in the morning hush, I am the swift uplifting rush of quiet birds in circled flight. I am the soft stars that shine at night. Do not stand at my grave and cry. I am not there. I did not die. My Spirit is still alive…

Donald Krieger passed away peacefully on May 3, 2010 after a short illness. Throughout his life and at the time of his passing, Donald was surrounded by love. He was 57 years old.

Born in Albuquerque, New Mexico and raised in southern California, he called Los Angeles home. Donald received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from UC Irvine in 1976 and his Master of Fine Arts degree from the California Institute of the Arts in 1978. He began an eclectic career in art with seminal performance pieces known for their originality, innovative use of media and anthropological subject matter. “The Story of Aviation”, “All Electric”, “The Tesla Project” and “Boy’s Life”, to name a few, established Donald as an important voice in the Los Angeles performance art community. Also recognized for his installation pieces, paintings and drawings in his later career, Donald created a one-man show based on the work of Thomas Edison at the Santa Monica Museum of Art in 1995. He continued to explore science and nature in his art and writings.

Donald taught graphic design at Otis College of Art and Design until 2002. He was greatly loved by his students for his compassion and intellectual curiosity. He continued his graphic design career and at the time of his death was establishing himself as an arts curator.

His thoughtful and insightful conversations will be missed by all, along with his laughter, gardening expertise and tireless spirit of intellectual pursuit. He will be forever in the hearts and minds of his loving life partner of 22 years Carl Smith, sister Janis McCarthy and husband Tim, niece Susanna McCarthy and her husband Alec Knight, and the many that were privileged to call him friend.

This blog has been created by his niece Suzie to as both a space to share our grief as well as a place to collect and document her uncle’s amazing life.

(Many thanks to Wanda for posting the Hopi’s Prayer)