Annie Johns the Book

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1987 Open Studios, Belsham Street

This installation came out of ideas set around funeral rights and rituals and the need for individuals to make some sort of a stand against the inevitability of death and other related incidences in life which stand as metaphors for death, i.e. repression and lack of choice. These ideas embody the thought that ritual and order help to control the fear of the unknown and that repetition breeds familiarity. Also that rights of passage are necessary in order to understand and accept separation in order to overcome grief (the mapping of the symbolic journey from life to death). On a parallel these ideas are also tied up with the constant changing nature of existence.