Palingenesis is a concept of rebirth or re-creation, used in various contexts in philosophy, theology, politics and biology. Its meaning stems from the Greek palin, meaning again, and genesis, meaning birth. The word palingenesis or rather palingenesia may be traced back to the Stoics, who used the term for the continual re-creation of the universe by the Demiurgus (Creator) after its absorption into himself.
Through this piece I wanted to convey a sense of personal and shared immortality; in that everything that is a part of me will one day become a part of something else. The five gallons of maggots used in the piece work to represent this idea at it's most basic and literal form; maggots being creatures that are literally born from and nourished by death.
Further to this I wanted to express how each action and every separate movement by the individual maggots, have repercussions that echo eternally beyond the individual maggots demise, forever effecting the shape and overall movement of the unified form.
Through this piece I wanted to take something that independently is ugly (death, a maggot), and tried to express it as something that is collectively beautiful (the continual rebirth of life, the sphere).
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