Marginalia, no.5

Death is a test of one’s maturity… I want very much to die.  I want to become part of that vast extraordinary light.  But dying is hard work.  Death is in control of the process, I cannot influence its course.  All I can do is wait.  I was given my life, I had to live it, and now I am giving it back.

~ Edelgard Clavey

Walter Schels’ recent show is an interesting sort of memento mori: black and white portraits of the terminally ill taken shortly before and shortly after their deaths.  One wonders if Ms Clavey was so fearless in her final hours.  We always prefer to think that life needn’t end in farce.

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