Death Sonata

DEATH SONATA

This work consists of three separate depictions of the same dead person, in varying states of decay/rebirth.

First Movement: A WASTED LIFE  (2005, oil on canvas with black frame).
Second Movement: DISINTEGRATION (2016, plastic bags, acrylic paint).
Third Movement: TRANSFIGURATION (2016, aluminum foil, acrylic paint).





A WASTED LIFE (2005, oil on canvas with black frame).
The person depicted in this image was someone I never knew personally.  He was the subject of a TV news story of the war in Afghanistan, about a soldier that was killed. He was lauded as an exceptional individual with everything to live for. His death struck as senseless and tragic. 



DISINTEGRATION (2016, plastic bags, acrylic paint).
Years later A WASTED LIFE (first image) served as a guide in the creation of a face using plastic bags and acrylic paint.  The depiction is more abstract and less defined, consistent with a disintegrating body that the soul has left behind.


TRANSFIGURATION (2016, aluminum, acrylic paint). This image, created in tandem with DISINTEGRATION (second image), depicts the continued decomposition of the dead body.  At the same time, another process has begun, one of transformation into an archeological/historical structure with a spiritual tinge.