NECROPOLIS: Funerary Art, and Where We Go When We Die.
There has been no greater threat to any person than the shadow of death that hangs over us. The cardinal irreversible fate, and what is most terrifying is the question that it begs. Where do you go when you die?
Asking myself this question I thought immediately of the obvious: we are buried. It was curt but fitting. It is certain that we are turned mulch or ash, and we never return. Naturally this is terrifying, to lose everything we are, reduced to nothing.
But “nothing” is beautiful, monumental, and poetic. It is the space between that touches everyone.
So ultimately I decided to represent this idea in my current series of work. I have been researching ancient tombs across cultures, cannibalizing the most beautiful architecture and building my own versions of these transitionary structures- Necropoli.
The series is titled “Necropolis” and is a celebration of funerary art, and the importance of representations of this concept over the course of history. A structural tapestry of mausoleums, stitching together the burial art of many people as if they were one.
Below are several pieces from the series so far. The next post will be a comprehensive list of references, inspirations, and new pieces. Thank you for taking the time to read!