Death is seen as the final end and life the infallible present, but what if it were more complex? Life and death, flow and ebb, mingling in a captivating complexity imparting our lives with rich desperation for further existence. This complex coexistence between life and death through various symbols of intense, life-enriched moments anchored by the echoes of death’s presence. Screams, skulls and grins are captured in a textured landscape. Neither are linear, existing in a complicated blur, inspired by Quilty’s chaotic paintings. I attempted to show death is present throughout our lives. After all, what is life without death?
After spending time at Point Cartwright lookout, I encountered an engraved lock as a shrine to someone who had passed away, entwined with plants. I then noticed countless examples of the phenomena of life and death coexisting. I found artists exploring this metaphor, where death is the absence of life and vice versa. Gaining knowledge from artists Ben Quilty and Christofides to guide my exploration of concepts, I found John Wolsely who buried his canvases before painting landscapes. I buried my canvas in to represent the preparation of a body for burial but also to symbolize where all life begins.