The art of death

Charles Cowling


We’re huge fans of Poppy Mardall here at the GFG-Batesville Tower. Just you watch her, she’s going to go far (when she gets started, that is; she launches in a couple of months’ time; we’ll be sure to tell you all about it).

Poppy went to the art on Sunday, to the David Shrigley show at the Hayward. Shrigley’s a pretty sardonic kind guy and, to her unsurprise, Poppy found some deathy stuff which she snapped on her phone and sent along to cheer us all up. As Poppy observes, “I think artists know a lot about death because they allow themselves to think about it.”

More about David Shrigley here  here and  here  People get Shrigley tattoos. Look out for them on his website. 

Thank you, Poppy! 





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9 years ago

Oh yes!

The tombstone was SO my fave thing in Shrigley’s show.

Deller was stellar.

Belinda Forbes
9 years ago

Yes! Thank you Poppy. Must find time for more art in my life. Or more death in my art?

Phoebe Hoare
Phoebe Hoare
9 years ago

Love it.

gloria mundi
9 years ago

The tombstone/shopping list – brilliant.

“Er, what, me? Now? But I was just on the way to the shops, I mean, it’s my turn to do supper, and I – oh. I see. Now.”

or a kind of reverse memento mori – the wonderful ordinariness of daily life this day now, right up to the moment when…
so, a memento vivo.