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Death Suits Me Fine


Paula Mahoney

These works were made in response to my father’s death. They use photography analogically to reveal the metaphysical presence of death in life. I perform dressing in my dead father’s suits backward, striving to form an imagined embrace with my father in a lamentation that also points to my own mortality.


The wail of the mourner is lost particularly in Anglo based societies such as Australia, where culturally emotions are somewhat suppressed. Art though allows a space for the artist to say the unsayable, which is to produce lamentations that formulate different readings outside of Christian mythology.


I examine the notion of control of one’s own mortality, while also paying homage to the ghosts of my parents and ancestors. The resulting works are my memento moris, a manifestation of my own death, and an investigation of lamentation.

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