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Spring Symposium on UR and Community Engagement has ended
Tuesday, April 24 • 10:35am - 10:55am
Everyone Meets Their End Eventually

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It is estimated that around 68% of the United States population fear death. Through the process of Terror Management Theory, a way of combating feelings of dread and existentialism caused by one’s own mortality, the conversation of death is pushed back until more urgent circumstances arise. The artist embarked on this project in order to process their own fears and experiences with death. Is there a way to control Death Anxiety through the act of art making? Since one person’s passing is inevitable, this body of work is intended to reiterate the conversation of mortality. Each drawing centers on an individual known intimately by the artist. The sitter is asked questions including on whether they fear death, how they personally process their own mortality, if they believe if there is anything beyond the living world and if they would like to share any personal experiences with death. These answers are recorded and are presented alongside each the large corresponding drawing Artists exploring similar themes such as Kathe Kollwitz, Sophie Jodoin, Edgar Jerins, and Andy Warhol are researched and drawn from inspiration. With the use of once-living substances such as charcoal and graphite, the exhibition serves as an exploration of the diverse points of view on the inevitability of death. The interaction of the drawn individual and viewer creates an empathetic experience and promotes a reflection of the end of one’s life. With the expansive interpretations of dying coming from those who were interviewed, can the body of work begin to normalize death?


Tuesday April 24, 2018 10:35am - 10:55am
237 Owen Hall