Hyperrealist Artist Draws the Dying to Understand Life
In a moving article in the March 11, 2016 online Huffington Post, editor Katherine Brooks introduces hyperrealist artist Claudia Bicen, who spent two years drawing and interviewing nine Bay Area hospice patients for a series she titled “Thoughts in Passing.”
“In making this work I came to observe a profound paradox: in talking with me about dying, these people taught me how to live more meaningfully and more intensely,” Bicen writes in a statement on her website. “I found that, for most people, what mattered was how they had participated in the world and what they had created — whether that was through connection with their children, community, work or nature. Though I spoke with people from a wide range of socio-economic backgrounds, nobody wished they had made more money, worked harder or bought more things.”
It just so happens that the first interviewee featured is a former Hospice by the Bay patient named Daniel.
Read the rest of the article, view Bicen’s amazingly detailed life-size drawings and hear the interviewees talk about their thoughts at the end of life.