Cooper Gallery, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design,

University of Dundee, 2009

Double screen projection, 210 x 280 cm each, duration 05:00


Part of Life is Over! if you want it

Projections, wall drawings, historical artworks, public studio for presentation, exchange and production, events programme

LIFE, DEATH AND BEAUTY: THE INVISIBLE TALK BACK- FEAR, NO FEAR

Life, Death and Beauty: The Invisible Talk Back -

Fear, No Fear


Part of LIFE IS OVER! if you want it it that took the familial experience of Edwin’s father’s death by assisted suicide in the Netherlands in 2000 as a guiding narrative. The exhibition project provided a discursive environment for production, presentation and reflection on issues of life and death and was made in response to personal experience with assisted suicide. A range of issues around contemporary death were considered; how artists have interpreted death throughout history, how objects and images impact on people's ideas about death and the role that art can play in mediating issues of life and death. The designed environment combined projections, wall drawings, historical artworks, a public studio and an events programme, and merged practice, research and teaching.


Life, Death and Beauty: The Invisible Talk Back - Fear, No Fear, comprised two elements, one complete at the start of the project: a still-life with objects such as a vase with purple tulips, Edwin’s father’s watch and a changing series of photographs within a photographic frame. The other was developed daily over the period of the exhibition project. Written by Tracy while present in the gallery, excerpts of conversations with visitors, and her own reflections on the subject of life and death were photographed and projected each day.



LIFE IS OVER! if you want it