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There is no difference between life and death - passage #2 | 2020

There is no difference between life and death - passage #2 | 2020

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Original artwork by Stefan Gevers.

Watercolour on paper, framed,163 cm x 120 cm, 2020.

There is no difference between life and death Passage #1 & Passage #2

“It is a continuum, you transition from one state to another, leaving behind your actions, words & ideas, never to be forgotten”.

I have used the Banksia as metaphor to explore the moment of transition. These 2 works are a symbol of passage, reflecting my personal life in which being confronted with mortality has now become a recurring feature of daily life and has led to many natural questions. Observing this ephemeral fragility of life can however sow the seeds of great compassion for those who cling to it as though it would never end. For me, awareness of death leads to an awakened appreciation of every precious moment of life.

Like painting life can be unpredictable and full of challenges. These challenges will lead to unexpected moments and can create freedom in an unexpected and unscripted responsiveness. These watercolours are painted this way. With just the banksia in mind forced to make a move with the brush and react to what happens. Working together with the medium, blending skill and emotion, the process of painting becomes healing.