Death is often considered a taboo topic in many cultures and generally evokes feelings of sadness and discomfort. Is there a way that I can disassociate or soothe the viewers’ negative preconceptions of death in an abstract way?
As a person from Mexico, the cultural relationship with death is deeply intertwined with the Day of the Dead, or “Dia de los Muertos” in Spanish. This holiday, which is celebrated on November 1st and 2nd, is a time to honor and remember loved ones who have passed away. It is a celebration of life and a recognition of the inevitability of death.
Through the celebration of the Day of the Dead, I have come to understand that death is not something to be feared or avoided, but rather something to be embraced and celebrated. It is a time to remember and honor those who have come before us, and to reflect on the ways in which they have impacted our lives.
This positive view of death has also helped me to cope with the loss of loved ones. While the pain of their passing is still felt deeply, I am able to find comfort in the knowledge that they are still with me in spirit and that their memory will continue to live on through the traditions and celebrations of the Day of the Dead.
While I have given my own interpretation to this artwork, I intend for anyone who interacts with it to form their own perspectives. This is why I have worked to create an abstract representation of the concept of death.
Model trained with photographs from Day of the Dead and then converted into Audio-reactive Latent Interpolations with styleGAN.
Music by Aiqi Huang