Julian McLucas

The Happy School Project Space

22 July - 9 August 2015

Opening Wednesday 22 July, 6.30-8pm

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These works were inspired by a trip to the Sedlec Ossuary in Kutna Hora, Czech Republic in 1999. Also known as the “Church of Bones”, the Sedlec Ossuary is a modest looking chapel that has been decorated internally with the bones of approximately 40,000 people who died from war and plague during the 14th and 15th centuries.

Visiting this small church strangely made a distinct impression and allowed me to see the world in more kaleidoscopic ways.

Death, in this day and age, is often sanitised and secreted from view, regarded as ‘unsavoury’. Death and birth are the only common events for every human being. One we are happy to discuss, the other, often a taboo subject, we shy away from. Here I hope will take the time to look and consider that consciousness only animates the flesh on our bones for a few brief moments in time.

These small Memento mori were created as tactile reminders to live and celebrate life, as none of us will get out of it alive. As lights become brighter against darks, through increasing contrast, confronting mortality only increases the vividness of life.