Tag Archives: Art and Death



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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Death, Venom and Angelo Filomeno

An Italian artist embroiders and sculpts gorgeous depictions of death

Artist Angelo Filomeno learned about the harsh reality of death earlier than most. When he was just a child, he lost both of his parents quite suddenly. Beginning life as an orphan formed the backbone of Filomeno’s work in the modern … Continue reading

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No Body There: The Empty Bed And The HIV/AIDS Crisis

Felix Gonzalez-Torres' billboard installation "Untitled" speaks to love and loss

Between February 20th and March 18th of 1991, 24 billboards throughout Manhattan showcased the monochrome image of an unmade double bed with rumpled sheets and depressions of a head in the center of each of the two pillows. No explanation accompanied the image; … Continue reading

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Memento Mori: Remembering Your Own Death

Artworks that remind us to live life to the fullest

Memento mori is a Latin phrase that literally means, “remember to die.” As an art form, it has encompassed but is not exclusive to memorial art, and serves to this day as a reminder to live life fully and mindfully. … Continue reading

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Picasso’s Blues: Portraits of Loss

Picasso's Blue Period helps us cultivate compassion in difficult times

Pablo Picasso, a Spanish artist known widely for sparking the Cubist movement, had a long and prolific career that art historians have divided into distinct time-based categories, or “Periods.” With the suicide of his friend Carlos Casagemas in 1901, Picasso’s … Continue reading

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Sarah Bernhardt: Sleeping Beside Death

How the eccentric and fabulous Sarah Bernhardt shook up society's taboos about death and dying

Celebrity has drifted far from its golden Hollywood age. Instead, we have reality show stars and pop-up personalities whose talents remain nonexistent or ambiguous at best. But if ever there was an actress who rightfully captivated the public eye with … Continue reading

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