In Life and in Death

Sophia Hergo

John Curtin College of the Arts

Year 12

oil on canvas

40 x 40 cm

Even in death, there’s life, We like to ignore things once they die. It hurts less to pretend it didn’t exist, because if it didn’t exist, it didn’t die.
It’s important to acknowledge dead things: humans, animals, plants. Acknowledge the blood, flesh, bones and matter that made them.
When you look at the bones of a skull, do you merely see a jaw, teeth, cracked cranium? Or do you see the memory of scales and blood? A tongue and eyes? Do you see it as something dead, or something that used to be alive?

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