Do Dogs Fear Death

Fall 2017
Wax soft ground etching, Silkscreen, Chine-Collé, Blind emboss collagraph and relief

In Greek mythology it is believed that there are three sister deities who control the fate of the living. “Clotho, the one who spins the thread of life; Lachesis, she who draws the lots and determines how long one lives, by measuring the thread of life; and Atropos, the inevitable, she who chose how someone dies by cutting the thread of life with her shears.”

In this work I reflect on the ageing of my family as I am far away from them. I am terrified to think of how they are all getting older without me. I know that the people who I love will someday die but I can’t help but fear their passing. I use text that I wrote during the last time I was home paired with images that make me think of my family. I focus on the changes that have happened while I am away and how each time I am coming home it seems as if I’m returning to strangers. My dog plays a large role in this change, my dog unexpectedly died my freshman year. This October my family got a new dog so the last time I went home was exciting but also weird as there is now a newcomer in the place of my best friend. This as well as my grandpa having to go to the hospital unexpectedly in the middle of the night really brings up feelings of anxiety around the death of my loved ones. The color red is often used to symbolize life, I use shades of red to symbolize the nearness of life as well as the inevitability of death.