There is no object so foul that intense light will not make beautiful. And the stimulus it affords to the sense, and a sort of infinitude which it hath, like space and time, make all matter gay. Even the corpse has its own beauty.
Ralph Waldo Emerson: in Nature; Addresses and Lectures (1836)
Coveting Death deals with the American view of death and the rituals surrounding it. My urns are designed from a European viewpoint of death and funeral rituals, where death is recognized and acknowledged in their places of mourning. Instead of hiding the obvious through luxurious coffins and religious iconography, they incorporate symbols and omens of death to remind viewers of their mortality. I try to mimic this style in my urns by incorporating cast bones while the rest of the piece is made to be elegant and inviting, reminding us that there can be beauty found even in loss.
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