Atropos, the Greek mythological sister of Fate also referred to as the “unturnable”, cuts the thread which Clotho spins and Lachesis allots. This cut signifies the fate of our death (which, funnily enough, I feel is the only certainty that kind of makes Lachesis obsolete!) In this piece I attempted to portray the concept of death in a constructive light. This interpretation of our fate as one-day decomposing almost non-beings and our discussions around this idea as reality I feel has been all but forgotten in modern, north-western society. I concern myself with the damages that our avoidance of the topic brings to our psyches come time when we are forced to face it. Rituals with which we were emotionally connected have been overshadowed by corporate greed to take advantage of our lack of pre-planning and knowledge of our true desires for ourselves and our loved ones in moments of loss. What we are suppressing can be a powerful emotional tool that deepens connection. Atropos’ existence represents this to me.
Held by creator
Intaglio monoprint on kitakata paper
Quinn Pagona, “Atropos,” KU Libraries Exhibits, accessed December 2, 2023, https://exhibits.lib.ku.edu/items/show/8737.