Created for Th'Owd Towser in Holmfirth, Reposed' reproduces two euphemisms for death. The work responds to the history of Th'Owd Towser as a building that has housed an ambulance and fire station (both services that try to protect us from death) but also a lock up (a place that constrained rather than protected the body).
The two euphemisms propose different attitudes to life and death. One sees life as hard work, a burden to be borne. The other suggests 'turning away;' an attitude that, in life, suggests ignoring difficulty. Inviting a two and fro between these attitudes 'Reposed' aims to elicit ambivalence or indecision about the nature of life and death as well as reflecting on former inhabitants of Th'Owd Towser who chose to save lives compared with those who ended up condemned.
Hessian, sand, felt, acrylic sign
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