"...except for the question of how something so awful-so dead- could also be so beautiful."
I will never find a more appropriate time to post about artist Christine Borland than off the heels of last week's Displaying the Dead lecture in London. Appropriately held in the Museum of Natural History, there was a lively discussion which touched upon human responses, consent, ownership and ethics all related to death on display.
If this is at all a topic which interests you I highly recommend looking further into Borlan's work. Here is a review from her past "Cast From Nature" exhibition at the Camden Arts Center.
Review by Ruth Clark, courtesy Camden Arts Center, from May 2011
“As a student at Glasgow School of Art I used to visit the amazing anatomy, zoology and ethnographic collections at Glasgow University,” says Christine Borland. “I couldn’t understand why I was so intrigued, except for the question of how something so awful – so dead – could also be so beautiful. I was trying to unpick my responses, to understand how beauty and death could co-exist.”