Death is something which is celebrated and embraced in Eastern Cultures. Sadness and Celebration of the life cycle is embedded into the culture and they prepare for the journey of death in the same way they prepared for the journey of life.
In the West death is something that we both fear and deny. Perhaps Eckhart Tolle expressed this sentiment best when he said “A Culture that denies death inevitably becomes shallow and superficial, concerned only with the external form of things” Childhood Fears is about facing death and in doing so facing our fears head on.
The Crow often seen as a messenger here represents death. The female figure on all fours looks the crow directly in the eye. I made this piece after my fathers death, the week before he died I had a similar encounter with a crow, he stood very still and looked for what felt like a long time in my direction, I look back on that moment now as a premonition. I made the work as a Memento Mori. It reminds us that in order to live fully we must be at peace with starring death directly in the face.