Elisabeth Kubler Ross created the model for the 5 Stages of Grief; it touches on the sort of grief you would face in finding out you were dying or someone close to you has died.
5 Stages as shown above: Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Depression and Acceptance.
Representing people drowning the focus of the work is on the emotion displayed.
Invited people into the shower to photograph them, it became a confessional space. Private lives coming through in this intimate space.
Signs that say what you want to them to say, and not signs that say what someone else wants you to say.
Ophelia portrayal in a modern setting
David Series (Revisited 10 years later): shows the progression of age, some David’s couldn’t be found or had passed away after 10 years.
“I find the public portrayal of death on TV and on the internet violent and cruel; it lacks grace and respect for the human spirit. But I don’t think there is anything cruel in the reality of death in itself: there has to be more humane way of presenting it.
I think our culture needs to reinvestigate the way we deal with death. It has not just become a taboo, it is something that we actively try to push out of our daily lives. People used to die within the family. These days, many die in hospitals, locked away from the public.”
-Wants to have an art piece where someone in invited into a space to die
Interest: Creating that relationship with a person and their death instead of focusing on an interview style approach I am looking at near death experiences – people have died, come back and shared the experience of what it was like actually dying. A common idea is that you view yourself from above as if having an out of body experience and seeing some sort of bright light source. The tension between the body and the viewer above is interesting to me as well as the feeling of heightened sensual awareness and time speeding up. Mainly people who have had these experiences aka. died state that they don’t fear death now.