Lauren Benz

Below is the written explanation of the artist’s Sustained Investigation. To view the full images and details of each piece, click/tap on the thumbnail.

A question that many individuals, including myself, can often can never answer is: What happens when we die? It is an incredibly simple question, but will rarely be met with the same answer. The central idea of my concentration is to explore different interpretations of the afterlife based on different religions and cultures around the world, both those that currently exist and those in the past.

I explored my concentration by focusing on the topic in which I was showing. I used similar colors, mostly gold, black, and white, in every piece to illustrate that while these pieces are similar in color and composition, the subject matter is completely different. I wanted each piece to contrast each other to ultimately demonstrate how unique and personal each view of the afterlife is. These contrasting views can be seen in Work #7 and Work #9 . Both pieces utilize the same medium, black pen and gold ink, but show completely different interpretations of the afterlife. While Work #9 depicts the idea of reincarnation, associated mainly with the Buddhist religion, Work #7 illustrates the Yoruba belief that the soul is collected by the cosmos, allowing the universe to continue to operate.