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HESIS: CONVERSATIONS ABOUT MORTALITY
Florida Atlantic University, 2017
Conversations about Mortality
is a body of work that uses installation, sculpture, painting, and audio to explore our relationship to mortality. The premise of the work rests on the quote, “The truth is rather than the images, though beautiful in themselves, come to life in the act of vanishing…” The research begins with a recorded conversation with four individuals who have all lost someone they love. Through these various interviews, the work explores a deep connection to the memories each speaker has of the deceased. At the end of the conversation, a hyper-realistic portrait of that individual is painted in water-soluble paper, and then a quote from the conversation is laser etched into the back of the painting. Once complete, the paper is placed in a water vessel made of plexiglass. This vessel is then installed on found raw wood and steel for support. In the final reading of the work, viewers are encouraged to sit on a provided chair to listen to each speaker, and to engage with the visual and emotional complexity of the work.
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