Walking through the Lane Cove neighbourhood in Sydney this morning we came upon an art installation by Tara Naval.
Called Titles of an Imagination, 2019, it’s a “mixed media- resin, organic materials, glass, bric-a-brac, papercraft” exhibition that sits on a plinth in the public space outside the local library, so everyone can share it. This exhibition shows where books have taken Tara.
Tara’s ‘altered books’ draws on so many different aspects of life. Among these, it nods to death as part of life.
Each of Tara’s altered books reminded me of yesterday’s quote from Frank Ostaseski: “Death is not waiting for us at the end of a long road. Death is always with us, in the marrow of every passing moment. She is the secret teacher hiding in plain sight. She helps us to discover what matters most.”
This is because in each of her beautifully rendered little pieces was a reference to death, even if just a tiny one. So death is part of life.
To find out more about Frank Ostaseski, go to:
To find out more about Tara Naval’s work, go to: https://www.gallerylanecove.com.au/copy-of-past-present-library-plinth
To buy A Good Death, a compassionate and practical guide to prepare for the end of life, go to: