Tag Archives: Art About Death

“The Unforgetting” Explores the Evolution of Grief

Artist Peter Watkins makes evolving photos and installations following his mother's suicide

An artist confronting grief has the almost insurmountable task of expressing deep, complex feelings to complete strangers. This is especially true for an artist dealing with the death of a parent. It is even more so when the death was … Continue reading

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Our Weekly Tip: Create An Altar or Meditation Space to Keep Memories Alive

A physical place to remember creates context for groundlessness

Our Tip of the Week: The experience of bereavement (literally, to be torn apart) often comes with a sense of groundlessness — like the rug has been pulled out from under your feet, throwing you into a free-fall where your … Continue reading

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When Everyday Objects Become Sacred

An artist remembers the loss of her mother through photography

After artist Beatriz Ruibal lost her mother, Carmen, she discovered that her grief was painful and slow. Two years later, every inanimate object in Ruibal’s home became a reminder of her mother’s death, and Ruibal found that she couldn’t escape from … Continue reading

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No Longer the Last Nail in the Coffin: A Design Duo Wants to Zip You Up Instead

Visser & Meijwaard make fun, funky coffins for bold personalities

Many people dread the idea of being locked inside a coffin and buried. But thanks to a Dutch design team’s innovative new zip-up coffins, that idea may be a lot less terrifying now. Design duo Steven Visser and Vera Meijwaard wanted … Continue reading

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Wolfgang Natlacen Brings Fun Whimsy to Funerals with Urns That Double as Toys

The artist's egg-shaped urns transform the way we mourn loved ones

Walk into most funeral parlors in the United States, and you’ll see rows of somber, muted urns resting on the display shelves. For centuries, Western culture has thought of funerals and funeral accessories as dignified and utterly sanitized. Any attempts at … Continue reading

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Ghost Bikes: A Somber Public Service Announcement

Artists paint bicycles white to memorialize riders who have died

If you’ve ever walked around a major city’s traffic-heavy downtown, you’ve probably seen one or two all-white bicycles leaning against telephone poles. What you might not realize is that they’re part of the international Ghost Bike project that originated in St. … Continue reading

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