By James Kudelka
"In Paradisum deductant te Angeli" "Into Paradise may the Angels lead thee." Death can be seen as a transitory state or a final act. In Paradisum focuses on the dignity of death and the attitudes people assume when they attempt to cope with dying. James Kudelka drew some of his inspiration from the writings and theories of Dr. Elizabeth Kübler-Ross and some of the visual imagery came from the three following illustrated books: Graphics, Posters and Drawings by Kathe Kollwitz; Angels collected and recorded by Peter Lamborn Wilson, and Metamorphosis of a Death Symbol by Kathleen Cohen. In memory of Grace Baker and Kay Kudelka.
Michael J. Baker