THE ART OF DEATH & GRIEF
FILMS & ARTIST TALKS
Working creatively with five families who have been effected by drug and alcohol misuse this project uses video, photography and recorded narrative to create 5 minute digital journals documenting bereavement, living loss and grief. The short films were commissioned and produced by Turn Consultancy by Cornwall Council to illustrate the complexities of families effected by this kind of loss. They will also be used to break the stigma attached to such deaths and the terminology often used to describe individuals drug related issues. My role as an artist was to find a way to tell each story creatively by working in partnership with each family.
The short films were released in November 2021 and haver permission by the participating families to be shared.
EMMA SAFFY WILSON
Emma Saffy Wilson makes mourning poppets and jewellery from ashes, graveyard dirt, items of clothing stitching them together to make magical and comforting objects.
The series of poppets exhibited in DUST gallery and shop can be used for remembrance, comfort and a reminder of our own or a loved one's connection to the earth.
Muslin, fabric, thread and graveyard dirt.
I want the paintings to be intense and disturbing, and at the same time fascinating. Death is like that. It is difficult to look at but at the same time compelling. Despite myself I can’t not look. Looking, when I look at death, is incomplete, out of control, my eyes no longer obey my ‘I’. I don’t want to see what I can’t stop looking at.