An Illustrated Book About Death.
In reference to Tom Robbins and Robert Thurman.
The Illustrated Book About Death began as a comparison of the functions of science and art. It was a field guide to death and nothingness using the corpses of dead birds as muse; a catalogue of the dead birds I found in my garden and the reflections they inspired. It was intended to harmonize art and science to inspire contemplation
of the ephemeral and perpetual cycle of life. It consisted of informative and mysterious text and hand drawn thanatological and ornithological diagrams followed by photographs of specimens at all stage of
decay that illustrated the process of death and discussed the essence of life.
The project has evolved into a chapter of a larger book. The original content has been reworked into a more poetic, spiritual representation.
The photographic imagery has been transformed into ornate mandalas and the text has been restructured in the style of the Tibetan Book of the Dead.