My work explores the different methods which Seneca used to take his life. It creates a viewpoint of the confronting subject of suicide from a more objective perspective, with the items having their own individual focus instead of being present in one image of a person who’s end is imminent.
The work invites the viewer to find the beauty within the macabre, having the objects viewed as separate from his death while providing context within the collection. The use of oils allows for the exact image of the items to be created, showing fine detail of the objects through manipulation of light and dark. The Death of Seneca captures a way in which beauty can be drawn from tragedy by the elements which collectively detail a story of valour and resolve.