Der Tod und das Mädchen / Death and the Maiden
At this point in my life, I have become increasingly aware of a search for meaning, not just personally, but in the people around me. Many are having children, and many are deeply and finally fully committing to their art.
I feel that age plays a large part in this; fully emerging out of adolescence or youth and being firmly placed within adult life seems to bring with it a desire to create something meaningful, as it opens the gates to a burgeoning awareness of our own mortality. This sentiment is reflected in the title of the show ‘der Tod und das Mädchen’/‘death and the maiden’ which refers to the traditional Vanitas motif in which the young female serves as a symbolic reminder of human mortality. The title evidently also harbours an autobiographical element, whilst also alluding to my German heritage; allowing me to work through a theme which some of my favourite artists such as Klimt and Schiele have done before me.