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"I’m meeting the pair at their first exhibition, Life, Death, Whatever, and it’s full of so many people we’ve had to take refuge in a wardrobe at the top of the building. I’m surprised there’s such an appetite for death – there are whole families wandering around the space below us – but both Winter and Lyons, who met on Twitter in 2015, are keen to educate people on this great unknown."
“Some of the exhibits are light and playful, others are quite intense. We want people to take some time to explore and reconsider their relationship with mortality and give everyone an opportunity to explore their emotions around death in a way that's accessible and friendly,” Winter says. “We'd like visitors to leave the exhibition having realized that death isn't something to be avoided, but to be considered, explored, and acknowledged. Then we can all get on with our lives with an awareness that we're not going to be here forever, so we should make the most of today.”
"What's so incredible about "Like Flies to Flesh" is how difficult it is to stay stuck on one perception – for a moment the butterflies look beautiful, fluttering around the scene. Then when you notice them gathering on the wounds of the carcasses like a mass of maggots, disgust kicks in again; then, stepping back, the beauty of the scene washes over once again. It's confusing, exhausting, incredible."
"I’ve just attended Life. Death. Whatever, a month-long series of events, installations and workshops with new and challenging thinking on death, grief and dying. Sounds depressing, but it wasn’t because it underscored that, since Helen died, I no longer fear my own death in any way other than as it might affect the kids. Instead, I have a new scale of numbing terror of bad things happening to Millie or Matt."
‘Life, Death, Whatever’ and the movement that gave rise to this ‘in your face’ exhibition, is not morbid or irreverently ghoulish. Far from it, it is a warm celebration of life’s diverse vitality and offers a sense of empowerment to all.