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2018 SPE Annual Conference: Uncertain Times: Borders, Refuge, Community, Nationhood / Hosted by The University of the Arts

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Matthew Oberski

SPE Member since 2013
Member Chapter: Midwest


Death is not a comfortable subject to confront; we want to live and thrive, and are deeply saddened when we lose a loved one. Death is final, and what may follow is unknown. Within the realms of religion and philosophy are many theories deconstructing what happens when we die. What is certain about death is what we leave behind: our belongings and our legacy.
This installation is a modern interpretation of post-mortem photography depicting the relationship between the physical and metaphysical remnants of life. The scenes are absent of a resident, showing only what remains, while the silk portraits represent the ethereal vestige, the intangible memory friends and family hold on to. With this series, I ask viewers to confront their own mortality and accept death’s inevitability.

The Front Porch

The Living Room

The Houseplant

The Books

The Bedroom

The Office

The Cross

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