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JACOB BEIL

A LIFE BEYOND

Senior Project APRIL 2017

Life is immense. It is daunting, awe inspiring, and beautiful, and for many, the driving force behind life’s mysterious nature is its brevity. The inescapable fate known as death unites all aspects of life. If there were no end, then life would be far less exciting. Sunrises would not create the same sense of wonder. Danger would become less daunting. Fear would not carry the same weight. It has driven humanity to great things but also scared millions into submission. In our contemporary youth-obsessed society, death no longer drives humanity forward, but rather causes us to remain stagnant and fear living. No matter how cautious one might be, death is always waiting in the shadows. Therefore, death should not be seen as an excuse for someone to do less, but rather a reason to do more.


For this Senior Project, I have chosen to focus on the use of the human skeleton as an anthropomorphic image of death. Creating this exhibition began years ago, with the first doodle of a skeleton on a wall. His initial figure was born out of boredom, but had a gravitational effect. From that point on, I was so drawn to him that he began to take on his own personality. The image of this figure kept reappearing in class after class, sketch after sketch. I knew that there was a message behind what he represented, so I began to study cultural and religious attitudes towards death. In these studies I found a culture of fear, something I strongly disagreed with. I do not believe that fear is a strong enough emotion to base one’s life around, especially the fear of death as it is inescapable. I believe that this idea of death should drive a person forward. So I continued to work with this curious symbol and the idea that life is more fulfilling beyond the fear
of death.


A Life Beyond includes paintings and prints in three grouped series. The first series is a combination of linocut and monotype printing. I created an ominous image of a skull with the sharp contrast linocuts have to offer. I then layered a colored monotype print on top of this image that gave the composition more depth and a sense of playfulness. The second series is comprised of multiple painted masonite panels. When grouped together these panels create a larger than life figure of a human skeleton. The last series is a combination of linocut monoprints and collograph printmaking techniques. The series is entitled Bucket List. In these images, the skeleton interacts with the living world by using the sharp lines of linocut relief printing to depict the figure of death against the varied, active backgrounds of collagraph intaglio. This figure wants only to understand what his existence means. As he is already dead, fear does not hinder his decisions. He is able to fully experience life and set an example for what each person can be – alive and excited about it.