Interview – Glyn Smyth – Art and the Nature of the Human Condition
“My current thinking is that the human condition is just one experience in a vast, living universe which we only perceive a tiny fraction of.”
Interview – Ross Fraser McLean – Capturing Mexican Death Rituals Through Photography
I asked Ross about his numerous adventures and his near-brushes with death, the things we could learn from Mexican death culture and his visits to over 150 cemeteries.
Interview – Denis Forkas Kostromitin – Exploring Death Through Occultism And Art
I asked Denis about his relationship with death, the connection between his dreams and the afterlife, and his fascination with dark historical accounts of divine revelations.
Interview – Hidden Velvet – Collage Art With A Dark Touch
“I like to think of the afterlife as a new experience; even as a different kind of life. The soul leaves its corporeal form to transcend itself in another place.”
Interview – Amy Haslehurst – Icelandic Folklore Inspired Photography
Amy Haslehurst is a visual artist from Australia, currently residing in Iceland. Through her photography she captures the otherworldly magnificence of the Icelandic landscape and combines this with influences of old dark folklore, to tell stories that often touch upon the subject of mortality. I asked Amy about her own experiences with death and how her ideas inspire her art.
Interview – Lisa Nilsson – Quilled Paper Anatomical Cross-Sections
Lisa Nilsson recreates anatomical cross-sections from small rolls of paper with a technique called “quilling”. The structures generated through this strongly resemble the look and feel of real bone tissue.
Interview – Photographer Ellen Rogers
“Once you face death a few times, you start to realise in whatever capacity that you cannot remain so violently attached to the psychically of transient nature.”
Interview – Tom Six – On Confrontations With Death Through The Horror Film Genre
Dutch movie director Tom Six is best known for his horror trilogy ‘The Human Centipede’. I asked Tom what inspired him to make this, and how he really feels about the inevitable human end of human life that comes with death.
Interview – Janno Hahn – Gravestone Typography
Dutch artist Janno Hahn is a “typo-graphic-designer” who combines his own distinct style of typography with graphic design in his numerous projects, varying from printed typefaces to tombstones.
Interview – Christian Fuchs – Ancestor Worship Through Art
Christian Fuchs is a Peruvian artist who gives new meaning to the concept of ancestor worship. Through his photography he transforms himself into his relatives by creating self-portraits inspired by their portraits and paintings.
Interview – Elisa Pesapane – Danse Macabre
I had a humbling conversation with Elisa about her two stillborn daughters, processing these experiences through creativity, and the idea behind her stunning Danse Macabre drawings.
Interview – Hans Op de Beeck
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.
Interview – Paul Koudounaris
“In truth, ‘death’ isn’t a subject for pathologists or archeologists or people who need tangible objects. It’s a field for philosophers, sociologists, theologians and maybe even poets.”
Interview – Laurie Lipton
Through her drawings, Laurie confronts the viewer with complex existential subjects and invites him to explore the true nature of everyday reality.
Interview – The Haunting Art Of Justell Vonk
“As death is the end of everything in my current existence, I believe it’s important to do and to create as much as possible until it comes.”
Interview – The Art Of Diego Gravinese
“We should start celebrating death. We should start considering it as a sacred and joyous moment: the beginning of a new adventure in the infinity of consciousness.”
Interview – Annabel De Vetten Of Conjurer’s Kitchen
Culinary genius Annabel de Vetten is nicknamed Annabel Lector, which you will understand is for obvious reasons once you take a look at her work. She fabricates hauntingly delicious cakes, or rather “edible sculptures”, of the darkest of themes.
Interview – Roger Ballen
Roger’s work reflects an exploration of existential subjects and invites the audience to go on a journey within themselves. I sat down with Roger and asked him about his experiences with death, and how the theme of mortality is embedded in his life and art.
Interview – Alexander Binder
German artist Alexander Binder was born under the perfect morbid circumstances: on Halloween night, in the midst of the famous Black Forest in Germany. Drawing his inspiration from symbolism and the occult, he uses vintage lenses and other optical accessories to manipulate reality and capture its shadow side.
Interview – Nona Limmen
“I think reincarnation and karma symbolically reference the globally interconnected nature of all things through space and time. We are eternal souls in temporary bodies.”
Interview – Chris Girard On His New Media Death Poem
Chris Girard is an LA-based artist and writer, or, as he prefers to call himself, “a hustler with a Ph.D”. I asked him about his video death poem “Shadow Shadows Tomb” and his thoughts about death.