The question of what happens after death certainly will always stay un answered
Working with animal ashes allows me to research and develop alternatives for urns, also in the perspective for a human context.
Since within the burning process,
everything gets burned, except the bones, the consistency of the ashes are the same for animals than for humans.
Instead of putting the ashes in an alienate product, the object will be made directly from the ashes, using resin as a binder. The material is 100% natural and
biodegradable.Being able to hold, caress and carry around the object adds an interactive aspect to the urn. It goes away from the static existence of a previous urn, to a gentle dynamic of picking up, touching, playing and observing.
The abstract shape permits the user enough space for interpretation and imagination
It allows the grieving ones more options and especially tactility in the processing of the loss.
Furthermore it may help, in
particular children, to deal more easily with the topic of death. The reflection created on the surface allows a ‚dialogue‘ between the deceased and the grieving one, inviting to take a moment to remember.
MEMENTO allows a genuine closure of life, by giving the body back to earth, when the
grieving ones desire to.
However the question of what happens to the dead body after death will always remain.
It will not just remain, but become more important due to increasing world population and decreasing space availability for burials. Hand in hand with this development comes the declining number of godly people, causing fewer people to choose for a burial than a cremation.
With this shift of society's need, the choice of options, related of what to do with the ashes, is very limited.
They are being put in the ground or are preserved by the grieving ones. Either way they will be put in a alienate object, most commonly made from synthetic material,an urn.