Alpha Decay
An installation about the aftermath of death

Alpha Decay is an outdoor installation at the 77C&C Park of Beijing about nature and in particular about the decomposition process that begins with the death of the living beings.

3 canvases were left for 4 months exposed to the weather. This slow process deteriorated the canvases and originated a new artwork out of my direct control. Hot weather, abundant rains, strong winds, dust and pollution all contributed to the final output of the work.

The idea of the work originated from my personal interest in the common impossibility to identify oneself with a dead corpse and consequently to perceive the death and the following decomposition as unrelated with the life processes. What defines living animals is movement, reproduction, sensitivity, nutrition, excretion, respiration and growth but not decomposition even if it only belongs to living organisms.

Alpha Decay attempts to subvert what we consider 'the end' as the beginning of the decomposition process.
Skull, Charcoal on canvas, 120 x 60 cm, 2017
Before the 'decomposition' process.
Skull, Charcoal on canvas, 120 x 60 cm, 2017
After the 'decomposition' process.
Sparrow, Charcoal on canvas, 120 x 60 cm, 2017
Before the 'decomposition' process.
Sparrow, Charcoal on canvas, 120 x 60 cm, 2017
After the 'decomposition' process.
Orchid, Charcoal on canvas, 120 x 60 cm, 2017
Before the 'decomposition' process.
Orchid, Charcoal on canvas, 120 x 60 cm, 2017
After the 'decomposition' process.
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