The universality of “Death”


Recently the Chicago Cultural Center hosted “Morbid Curiosity: The Richard Harris Collection”. After the semester came to an end a few fellow BVIS students and I visited the exhibition. This collection was truly a sight to behold. Walls were filled with images from all over the world. Works of art created in 2000 B.C.E. could be seen near modern interpretations of the idea of “Death”.

Morbid Curiosity: The Richard Harris Collection "Death"

Macabre Scene, by Michel de Spiegelaere

I collect images of “Death” because I am a visual person who takes in information best visually. As I have gotten older the thought of my own demise has begun to enter my conscious thoughts. The universality of “Death,” with the realization that we will all die, encouraged me to begin the conversation of my mortality visually rather than talking or reading about it. I believe that there is a larger audience who might also be more comfortable beginning that discussion in a visual way, which is why I always thought of my collection in terms of a public exhibition.

–Richard Harris, the collector whose works are featured in “Morbid Curiosity: The Richard Harris Collection,”in an interview with Morbid Anatomy

Whether it is indirectly or personally, death is a concept all have to conceptualize. It was intriguing having the opportunity to see a wide range of visualizations portraying the idea.

Visit Morbid Anatomy’s Article about the exhibition.

Or visit the photo gallery on flickr.


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