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Reincarnation: The Ability to Live On

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The recent exhibit at the londonprintstudio ‘Reincarnation’ used various forms of media and concepts to represent the idea of new life. When one thinks of reincarnation, they usually think of the idea of something dying and being reborn. The exhibit not only took this idea and looked at it in terms of human life, but in the life of materials as well. The focus of many pieces displayed at the exhibit looked at reincarnation in terms of its meaning, people, stories, and physical materials, all uniting to to portray the idea that nothing ever truly dies.

Some of the artwork shown creatively interpreted the concept of what reincarnation is in definition. In Matthew Pagett’s “Proposal for a flowered Southward Park: Acanthus, Coleus, Delphinium, Lavender Sempervivum and Snapdragon”, he drew each flower individually. Each flower represents a component of reincarnation, so though the flowers were not drawn in a bouquet, by arranging them individually, the viewer can grasp their meaning, getting good feeling for what reincarnation really means. For example, Delphinium represents “the Ability to Transcend Time and Space.” Though it is a beautiful idea on its own, it is a large part of the process of reincarnation, for one something is continuously reborn, it is timeless.  

Though the idea of reincarnation was studied and well represent in many pieces, some pieces went as far as reincarnating materials to make their work. In Ian Kirkpatrick’s “Apotheosis”, he uses cardboard boxes as his canvas. Though the images to deal with history and the idea of reincarnation, recycling the cardboard boxes into artwork is reincarnation in itself. The materials used have been reborn into something they never were before.

This idea of recreating something into art can also been seen in Echo Morgan’s “Four Gentleman”. Morgan took one model, painting organic images all over their body, turning their body into art. These images are very striking because initially looking at the art, the identity of the person is lost amidst the paint. The placing of the prints is also very striking, as well.

‘Reincarnation’ as an exhibit reminded it’s audience that not all things need to be dead to be reborn into something beautiful. All things have the potential to live on, be recreated, or transform.

Words: Nicole Mellion

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