Goodbye, Strangers showcases a series of drawings and mixed-media artworks by Scottish artist Rebecca Grant, who is interested in visualising the human lifespan through laborious and almost ritualistic processes of mark making.
From a rounded death tally to a numerical age of the deceased, narratives of death are often told in mass media via numbers and statistics. Numbers have the power to render a person’s life into numbing factuality and objectivity, compressing unfathomable quantities into compact digits that are perhaps more manageable for the human eye. However, as we become so used to seeing human mortality as numbers, do we risk forgetting the individuality and uniqueness of each person’s life?
Goodbye, Strangers showcases drawings and mixed-media artworks by Rebecca Grant, who is interested in visualising the complexity of the human lifespan through mark-making. Grant’s creative practice is labour intensive and meticulous, ritualising the act of grieving and documenting lives. Her artworks encourage viewers to reflect on how we approach and communicate an often tabooed topic—life and death. They further invite the audience to extend empathy to strangers who once were what we are.
This exhibition takes place in the pandemic age where loss and grief have become a shared experience amongst many. Such a context provides an additional perspective to the discussion of mortality and what it means to be alive.
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