Aerial view of campus with Williamsport, the Susquehanna River and Bald Eagle Mountain as a backdrop

Xiyue Yang

Artist Statement

I found it difficult to accept the impermanence of life, more specifically, my own death. Therefore, I talked with a group of people who deal with death on a daily basis: Chaplain staff, doctors, and nurses. The hope was to find an answer for myself: How should I view and accept death? It did not surprise me that every individual has their own theory of death which ties into their cultural background, life experiences, and spirituality. Talking about death could be difficult, but everyone inspired me in different ways and left me with a strong visual impression. This body of work is about the fascinating conversations I had with them. Texture, color, and the symbolism of objects are the major components in this series. I want the audience to see these individual’s life stories and their understanding of death. It is never too early to think about death. There is no true answer to the questions of mortality. I want this project to help the viewer start the conversation.