Death of an Artist

Yes, this may be a grave post, but as artist, I think about death. I don’t think about death necessarily in a depressed or creepy way, just about the thing itself as well as the customs and rituals around it.

I wanted to make my will and pick out my burial ground and headstone. The only thing I really have to leave to anyone is my art (paintings, drawings, prints, and books I’ve made with M). I think I would want my family to pick out what they want and the rest to be donated.

I found family buried in Oakwood Cemetery in Paris, AR and thought that could be a good place – it would connect me to someone and somewhere from a historical perspective. Honestly, I don’t know anyone who actively visits gravesides, so I don’t think it really matters where I’m buried because I don’t think anyone will visit the place.

Here were some family headstones I found.
VeraJacobs DwightStroupe Chrystal Jacobs

Like Father – Like Son
ColHenryStroupe ColHenryStroupII

These are a little different – I like the last name in relief.
Dever LPJacobs2 

Overall they are pretty general tombstones, except for the Mausoleum!

I looked on Pinterest for headstone ideas – and there were themes of figures, angels, baby angels, pets, etc.

Human figures in a cemetery are creepy.
Grave_CreepyFigure1 Grave_CreepyFigure2

Pet animal statues are confusing – is it your PET’S grave or a pet on YOUR grave?
Grave_Animal2 Grave_Animal1

Angels make it look Catholic, which is great.
Grave_CatholicAngel1 Grave_CatholicAngel2

Baby angels are okay, but not my cuppa.
Grave_BabyAngel2 Grave_BabyAngel1

No – I just can’t even imagine this.

I thought a bench would be nice – so people could take a rest when on a stroll.

Of course there are many new and modern ways to be buried.

Just for fun – some artists graves.

 Grave of Nicolas Platon-Argyriades

The Grave of Nicolas Platon-Argyriades [Platon] (1888-1968) – Ceramic artist and Potter – and his Wife Paque (1903-1961)

Michelangelo Grave

Michelangelo Grave

Vincent Van Gogh Grave

Vincent Van Gogh Grave

Leonardo Da Vinci Grave

Leonardo Da Vinci Grave


One thought on “Death of an Artist

  1. I love this. It’s interesting how you mention type 4 because I’m a type 4 too and was thinking about this the other day. I spent a lot of time wiht my grandparents in Puerto Rico and since they knew older people, we would go to burials often. I remember feeling a sense of familiarity being there…as if I remember who I was before coming here.

    If I was buried, I would like Satie or Chopin music playing in the background. Lots of happy flowers growing…I would want crystal spheres to create random rainbows when the sun would hit. Maybe bird houses and feeders. That would be cool!

    I’m still not sure if I would like to be cremated or buried but if I was cremated, I would want my body to be spread like sprinkles of salt in various locations:
    My Godmother’s house in Puerto Rico-where I have the best childhood memories
    Lochness, Scotland-I visited my friend there and loved it
    Splash Mountain ride at Disney-when the log goes down…
    And then now I’m thinking the Daffodils at Wye Mountain

    Just sprinkle me everywhere! Ha…on another cemetary note, I would like to visit Père Lachaise Cemetery in Paris where Frederic Chopin, Oscar Wilde, Edith Piaf, and many other famous rest.

    As well as Lewis Carrol’s grave in Guilford Cemetary, Surrey, England.

    Fun Fact: Funeral March was done by Chopin

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