Dead and Alive:An exploration of concept Ms. Meier
Dead or Alive Painting• Think of any living thing. This may be a plant, an animal, a person, or something as miniscule as a cell or molecule.• Think of what this thing looks like in its most vibrant state: active, moving, full of emotion, and alive.• Next, imagine the appearance this thing takes on after death. It could be shortly after, or long after…
Dead or Alive Painting• Don’t take this assignment too literally or think of it as something macabre or disturbing.• You may use this idea with a nonliving object as well: nonliving objects possess qualities that make them appear alive or dead. Think of new and old items. Think of things that have been used and forgotten.
Dead or Alive Painting• Your goal is to capture the beauty of a thing in life AND death.• Think of it as an exercise in illustrating contrast; two things that are equal and opposite, or perhaps a cycle/continuum• If you find this idea overwhelming, start with the basics: a living (or nonliving) thing.• Vanitas Paintings: death and its inevitability