curatorial statement
The inspiration for the exhibition came from reading Mary Roach’s darkly humorous best-selling book, “Stiff —The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers” and my own fascination with the macabre. The project “Death Bizarre: features eighteen artists, whose work examines people, places, and objects associated with death from a conceptual and metaphorical perspective. The artists’ work utilizes death as a catalyst to demystify human experience and the fascination with human mortality. Andrea Pickens, Adriane Little, Anita Allyn and Lauren Simonutti’s work emanates from personal tragedies., while John Mann’s and Brian Moss’ work addresses issues of truth and absence in photography. Nadia Hironaka and Delmira Valladares use the cinematic language of horror and suspense films to explore urban myths of murder in their respective cities. Sourcing images from visual culture including film, news and the media, arson’s and Talia Greene’s work investigates the relationship between the natural world, science and the human body. Together, these artists’ works evoke a vivid glance into human existence, and the symbiotic relationship between the body and its place in nature and culture.

The inspiration for the exhibition came from ach’s darkly humorous best-selling book, “Stiff—The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers” and my own fascination with the macabre. The project “Death Bizarre: features eighteen artists, whose work examines people, places, and objects associated with death from a conceptual and metaphorical perspective. The artists’ work utilizes death as a catalyst to demystify human experience and the fascination with human mortality. Andrea Pickens, Adriane Little, Anita Allyn and Lauren Simonutti’s work emanates from personal tragedies., while John Mann’s and Brian Moss’ work addresses issues of truth and absence in photography. Nadia Hironaka and Delmira Valladares use the cinematic language of horror and suspense films to explore urban myths of murder in their respective cities. Sourcing images from visual culture including film, news and the media, arson’s and Talia Greene’s work investigates the relationship between the natural world, science and the human body. Together, these artists’ works evoke a vivid glance into human existence, and the symbiotic relationship between the body and its place in nature and culture.

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