All Fade Away: Death, Grief and Loss: An Exploration on How Sculptural Installation can Trigger an Empathic Engagement.
Sebastian Di Mauro
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This exegetical study considers how the experience of death, grief, and, in particular, loss can be considered through symbolic imagery and sculptural installation. I surveyed academic writing on these emotions and experiences as well as artists’ visual responses to them. My research has at its starting point the death of my marriage, and the surrounding feelings of grief and loss. My built structures or sculptural installation reference the body in situ, absent, and in its corporeal decline leading to death. All three states become dominant metaphors that symbolise trauma, grief, loss, separation, and fear. I discovered that loss triggers emotions that dismantle the way in which one perceives the link between past, present, and future relationships. In other words, loss has the ability to destroy a sense of order, logic, and continuity in one’s life and to deconstruct existing belief structures. As an individual, major loss is generally associated with the death of a family member or close friend. The intensity of grief experienced by the individual is related to the intensity of the personal involvement. This study questions how my art practice can effectively communicate notions of death, grief, and loss, and, in so doing, seeks to show how human experience can be re-contextualised into a physical form.
Thesis (Professional Doctorate)
Doctor of Visual Arts (DVA)
Queensland College of Art
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