Mike Egan, Remember Us When We Leave
Yesterday we talked a little bit about Mike Egan and his subject of choice, death. I tried to say that death isn’t necessarily morbid as a subject, it can be as varied and flexible a subject as love, or sex, or political themes, or nature, or whatever you want.
Mike Egan, Our Lives Were A Lie
The difference with Mike Egan is that, as an embalmer, he worked closer to death than most of us ever will. He saw the various faces of death first hand. That proximity is palpable in the range of ways he expresses death. These four pieces here show quite a range, you know? Remember Us When We Leave is whimsical or quite sad; Our Lives Were A Lie can be defeatist or, as hinted by the title, political; Looking For Gold, with its smirking skeleton, is ironic, sarcastic, or perhaps excited for the prospect of an afterlife; Six Is The Devil’s Number would be obviously dark if not for the rather placid looking bearded devil guy.
Mike Egan, Looking For Gold
The point, in so far as there is one, is that Mike grasps the range of expression we all intuit when it comes to death, that thing we all must go through. There is no one reaction to death. There is no one death. There are as many deaths as people, forever, and Mike’s variations on a theme go after that universality, that spectrum.
You can see the rest of Mike Egan’s TTP store here.