A Graceful Death. Portraits and words from the end of life (AGD).
In 2007 my beloved partner died, and in an effort to understand what was happening to him and to me, I painted him as he was dying and on the day of his death.
It was a time of profound loss, grief and pain. I had not experience dying like this before, especially someone that I loved. It changed everything forever. These paintings were the foundation of the A Graceful Death exhibition and the beginning of my work as a holistic end of life companion.
I went on to work with and to paint and interview other people facing the end of their life, asking them two questions – Who are you? and What do you want to say? Over the next eight years, the exhibition has grown to over fifty portraits and words from people facing their own death; wonderful, sad, wise and honest words and images. There are videos, poetry written by visitors to the exhibition, and music. The exhibition is an experience. Powerful, raw and loving, it will move you and inspire you.
It shows at end of life events, conferences, stand-alone exhibitions, medical schools, universities and wherever it is requested to show.
My partner was only with me for eighteen months. I like to think he came, gave me a job to do, and died.