Jiaping Chen

How long does it take for a person to become an apple?


While the study of death has long been an area of scholarly interest, human beings develop a deeper understanding of death as they get older. This project explores how people deal with death and how they relate to animals, plants, or each other to face the fear of departure. When a person dies, part of their body is bound to return to nature. After all, death is a transformation of a human’s molecules into another form of existence.

Through animation and posters, this project addresses the distance from life to life and how we can relieve our pain when someone important around us dies. For some people, animals, or plants, death is not a final departure. Their souls will be with us forever and our genes will still be alive — just in a different living format.

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