Church
of
Decay

For this exhibition I was captivated by the idea of finding the beauty inherent in decay and the transition of one state of matter to another. I thought about how the process of death itself – the passing of the spark of life – is treated with religious reverence by almost all societies, but the processes that happen to the once living shell – decay, decomposition, putrefaction, the changing of matter from one state to another – are glossed over, even though these are miracles that we can see before our eyes.

I wanted to explore what it might look like if these processes and their agents where accorded the same kind of reverence and celebration.

The results are these icons and pieces that might be found on the walls of the Church of Decay, celebrating the means by which our mortal shells re-join the great cauldron of nature to begin their journey onwards into a thousand new shells with new lives and stories to tell.