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"I think monuments are art, and they're not recognized as such," says Raleigh artist Alison Overton. Her new photographic study of cemeteries and gravestones at Artspace in Raleigh, Nature Morte, documents what she considers a vanishing part of our landscape and heritage. "When I talk to my friends, everybody says they want to be cremated now," Overton says. "These things may not be around for long, and I wanted to document them in my own way." ("To Thy Cross" is pictured.) Overton is from Henderson, and was inspired by the cemetery there, which she says is the spookiest place in the town. She uses a very difficult-to-use Japanese-made '60s camera, the Widelux F6, which, with its lens on a turret, has a 140-degree sweep. "What you get with that is an extremely wide angle that distorts the image," she says. "I've been taking pictures with that camera for 12 years, and when I get a great image, it's like a gift." See these gifts at Artspace through Nov. 24. Call 821-2787 for details.

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