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Ashes to Ashes, 2015

Muslin, sugar, zippers, lace

Traditions and rituals can often be used as a form of protection from the fears that lie underneath. With our current taboos about death and bodies, the body bag has become a way to distance ourselves, to obscure and contain death in spill proof, drip proof plastic, discreetly removed by unobtrusive professionals. Lace flows out of the bags as if seeping from the past, alluding to the spectral, pervasive legacy of our bleached, starched and frilled history and to the organic uncontainable messiness of death and decay.

Images: Lara Merrington