Venue: Pūmanawa Exhibition Space
The week-long Transforming Death Art Exhibition is the creative heart of Death Matters month. Ten local artists have been invited to each create a short series of work based on their own relationship with death, loss or grief. No small task.
For all the artists this has been an intimate and revealing process. Working in their preferred mediums of steel, stone, paint, acrylic and clay, they have each explored death in their own way. Some are looking at death through an environmental lens, some through personal loss, and others as inspiration to live their best life now.
Using art as an antidote, death becomes more of a curiosity and wonder, rather than something morbid or taboo. The exhibition is intended to open conversations about all things death-related in an inspiring, inclusive way.
- Ruth Killoran
- Asheley Elizabeth
- Princess Heart
- AraLyn Doiron
- Auspicious Victory
- Dot Moulton
- Rosie Mac
- Satori Mayell
- Tony Hopping
- Katrina Stadler
Curator Melanie Mayell is a writer, photographer and Deathwalker. Like many people she has had various experiences of loss and death where she felt completely at a loss as to what to say and how to act. Her awkwardness and frustration about the lack of language and understanding in this area led her to start the Christchurch Death Café in 2016, the annual Death Matters conference in 2019 and the Transforming Death Art Exhibition in 2020.