BFA Senior Exhibition: Lily Furniss

Everyone Meets Their End Eventually

What: Lily Furniss: BFA Senior Exhibition in Drawing
When: March 30, 2018–April 10, 2018
Where: S. Tucker Cooke Gallery, Owen Gallery
Opening Reception: Friday, March 30, 2018, 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Gallery Hours: 9:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m. Monday–Friday

Free and open to the public.

Artist Statement:
It is estimated that around 68% of the United States population fears death. Through the process of Terror Management Theory, a way of combating feelings of dread and existentialism caused by one’s own mortality, the conversation about death is pushed back until more urgent circumstances arise. Since one’s passing is inevitable, this series of drawings is intended to promote conversations about mortality. Each drawing focuses on an individual that the artist knows intimately. The sitter is asked questions including whether they fear death, how they personally process their own mortality, and what they think lies beyond the living world. With the use of once-living substances, such as charcoal and graphite, the series serves to explore diverse points of view on the inevitability of death. The interaction of the drawn individual and viewer creates an empathetic experience and reflection of the end of one’s own life. By presenting the various interpretations of dying and death alongside with the drawings, the goal is to have the body of work begin to normalize death. More importantly, the series intends to create a sense of community. Everyone has to face the reality that they will die one day and the goal is to help the viewer understand that they are not alone in their fears or strategies for coping.

CW: mentions of death throughout the show with some interview statements mentioning suicide and drug overdose.