With my processes I am looking at the internal/psychological process of grief and how it is externally manifested, juxtaposed to the external transformations of the cadaver as it is prepared for the funeral, and the subsequent internal process of decomposition. I will need to choose the key stages of each process, and those that are visually coherent and communicable.
I am going to be specifically looking at Kubler-Ross’s stages of grief published in 1969, so the infographics for my piece will be heavily influenced by 60s graphic designs e.g Saul Bass who used a lot of color blocking, geometric and askew shapes, fragmented figures– his designs were simple yet beguiling and uncanny. I want there to be a simplicity to quite a complicated process, yet to balance that with anomalous elements.
I need to create an intelligible movement to the following chapters in the processes
Pre-funeral process of grief and cadaver preparation
The two processes intersecting at the funeral
The post-funeral processes of grief and body decomposition.
The process of the cadaver will be simpler to communicate, as it is a uncomplicated path from above earth to under, which will be macabrely pleasing to communicate. The process of grief, however, being an internal process that manifests itself externally will be more complicated to visualize. I want to communicate that although they are different processes there are similarities, in that death manifests itself in the disintegration of flesh and of the cerebral state of those left behind. There is a sense of breaking down followed by transformation to both living and dead subjects. I am thinking of visually representing this in circular movements and shapes.