Mesmerizing installations, sculptures and films are only a few of the mediums through which multidisciplinary artist Hans Op de Beeck reflects on our complex society and the universal questions of meaning and mortality that resonate within it. His works place the viewer in non-existent but familiar surroundings that evoke a sense of absurdity for our postmodern existence. Hans was born in 1969 and lives and works in Brussels. I was pleased to chat with him about the way he translates his experiences of impermanence and loss through his art and how the reality of death can alter one’s view on life.
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Throughout human history, we have invented rituals to remember and reconnect with the dead. Studying the social evolution of these rituals can help to make sense of what we are doing today. But not all our rituals can be so easily explained. In this piece I want to reflect on the ways we attempt to make sense of bereavement: meaning-making through death rituals.
We all know it: Sooner or later, each of us is going to die. In Buddhist traditions, meditating on death awareness is one of the oldest practices. But here in the West, we don’t want to be confronted with the subject. We don’t like to think the seemingly unthinkable. Some of us are even convinced that mere thoughts of death will trigger the actual event. What happens when we do face our biggest fear? What happens when we confront ourselves with our own death? Here are some steps to help you figure out the answers for yourself.
Justell Vonk is an artist from Moscow, Russia, who creates stunning drawings inspired by folklore and the occult. I recently discovered her through instagram and was immediately captivated by her surreal dark images, that brilliantly combine horror with a sense of twisted humor. I interviewed Justell about her own experiences with death and how she magically adds her beliefs and visions into her art.
At some point in everyone’s life, there comes a time we are faced with the reality of death. With this notion of an inevitable end to life in general, we simultaneously learn about our own mortality. It’s a personal matter if someone is prone to giving this much thought, or to avoid it at all costs. I personally have been thinking about death all my life. Sparked by curiosity rather than morbidity, the subject has always intrigued me. And bit by bit, throughout the years, as time left clues in the shape of experiences along the way, I started piecing together what it means to me. I started seeing how death gives meaning to life.