Verge Artists’ Salon

Wednesday, October 18th
5:30PM -7:30PM

October Salon: Death & Decay

Join us at Verge every 3rd Wednesday of the month.

Art discourse is an important part of the cultural community, sharing a space to vocalize ideas and challenging oneself to go beyond self imposed barriers gives the potential for growth in practice and in connection to other artists.

Description: Let’s delve into the evocative world of art centered on themes of death and decay. In this salon, we will explore artists engaging with the impermanence of life and the relentless march of time through their creative expressions. We will look at artworks that confront morality, challenge societal norms, and offer new perspectives on the fragility of existence.

Required Reading: 
Death, As Seen by 8 Female Artists (

Should We Reproduce the Beauty of Decay? A Museumsleben in the work of Dieter Roth


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Spooky, supplementary “quick links” (not required):

Art and the Afterlife: Four Words that Explore Loss and Legacy:

Daniele del Nero:

Eiko Otake:

Gabriela Avila Liptong:

Co-Hosts Biographies:

California native, Jillian Bruschera is an interdisciplinary artist and arts-activist, who creates works in visual art, writing, public installation, body performance, and social practice. As founder and proprietor of The Mobile Mill, she travels teaching the art of hand papermaking. She holds BAs in Studio Art and Visual Communications from Loyola University Chicago and a MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts from Columbia College Chicago, where she also served as Adjunct Faculty in the Center for Book and Paper Arts.

Michael LaHood is an interdisciplinary artist whose inquiry focuses on how we interact as individuals, and how those granular interactions accrue and take on life of their own. Fire, biorhythms, interactivity, and the nature of epiphanies are a few topical probes for him in that pursuit. He has a BA in Human Biology and an MA in Media Studies from Stanford University and an MFA in Interdisciplinary Art from Columbia College Chicago.