Hobart and William Smith Colleges
The Davis Gallery at Houghton House


Kristine Vann

Eternal Coexistence and the Commemoration of Death
November 17 through December 15, 2017
Reception: Friday, January 26 | 6 - 8 p.m.

The end of life is unarguably a universal experience. Entwined with attitudes that may initially give the impression of being static - outlooks concerning death are often predicated on familiarity, or more commonly the "denial that it is the final destiny of man" (Becker, ix). The choice to ignore the inevitability of our own death or the death of a loved one is straight forward in reason, for we interdict the thought to preserve happiness. But to what benefit? Our everyday lives are very much integrated with those who are no longer living - and at the end of life, each story is different. The expression of grief, the final arrangements for the deceased person's body, and the honoring of death is culturally bound as much as it is personal. Regardless of how one's death may have transpired - abruptly or through gradual deterioration - each loss to a certain degree is felt clandestinely. To cope with subsequent grief, we preserve specific, palpable memories and objects attached to what was once corporeal. Whether objects and memories are well preserved, abandoned, or left to fade with the elapse of time - they are tangibly and perceptually present in our everyday lives. Integrated to the extent of being unnoticed and overlooked, but always subsisting in some form.



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