Reflecting upon the aging and decaying process, Wormfood explores human mortality as well as the fragility and temporariness of life. The work raises questions about misconceptions surrounding age, in particular its association with death. This project inquires why the concept of death is primarily viewed as a negative, in contrast to life which is frequently referred to as positive. When asking a viewer to contradict this statement, is it possible to perceive death as a privilege or beauty, if it comes after a long-fulfilled life, and whether it’s possible to find comfort and contentment rather than fear, due to death’s inevitability?
My portraits were transferred onto paper using the natural process of anthotypes, produced by using spinach emulsion. As well as being a sustainable alternative, the imagery remains unfixed, causing the portraits to naturally fade due to exposure from UV light, until the image is no longer visible. This process while reflecting aging, also allows the project to continue without a definitive ending, similar to life cycles.
By using paper as a metaphor for flesh, the paper continues to disintegrate causing the imagery to become less recognisable while also allowing vegetation to emerge, signifying new life. The paper returns to the soil much like flesh returns to the landscape.