Wood, pink satin with trimming, padding and embroidery, miscellaneous hardware including handles and name plate.
The dualism of death and life is explored in Impress the Reaper, a life-size sculpture of a coffin suggesting a backbend posture alluding to 'Eros and Thanatos', the theory expounded by Freud to expresses the duality between human nature's basic instincts. Eros, which drives the instinct of life, love and sexuality is expressed through the coffin’s design and materials. Thanatos, is expressed by the coffin itself. The backbend shape of the coffin suggests a physically active reading between the viewer’s body and the work. This sculpture proposes an alternate to traditional funeral practices in proposing an orgasmic end and flirts with Shakespeare’s euphemism of the “Little Death”.