Emile Starkweather – Pursuit of Tranquility and Transcendence in Death

Artist: Emile Starkweather

Title: Pursuit of Tranquility and Transcendence in Death

Grade: 12th Grade

School: Bentley Upper School

Teacher: Aram Muksian

I started with the question of: “What is death?” and since this question is practically impossible to answer, I looked at how can you obtain a certain state of mind and body when facing death. I felt that tranquility and transcendence are closely linked and are something that I wish to find when near death in the future. After I came up with this idea I just started to brainstorm. I started with the two contrasting colors: black and pink, and then thought of symbols of death and peace. I then continued to add on and form what is shown.

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