Custom

$50,000.00

This item is made from Tasmanian Blackwood
Many deciduous hardwoods or conifer pinewoods available
Style and dimensions tailored to suit your needs

Now you can have the same piece of mind that many famous artists have enjoyed by taking creative control of your death and remains. Custom is an elegant post-life vessel crafted from only the finest hardwoods and discretely shipped to the location of you or your descendant’s choice. As the brand name implies, Custom is not a prefabricated coffin but a finely detailed, handmade sculpture within the bounds of art history and convention. The sculpture is made entirely free of any preservatives, plastics, metals, or other materials that would be detrimental to your safe transport into the afterlife, new states of mind, and new ways of being.

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Although many artists can be said to contemplate mortality in their work, usually in a veiled, Robert Frost kind of way — a clearheaded few have cut through the allusive haze and made their contemplation plain. Whether through drug addiction, natural selection, death with dignity, or suicide, intimations of death have gotten artists through many a hard night.

Staging death—whether literally or figuratively—is also an effective way to express a wish, foment resistance, or change careers, as modern and contemporary artists have proven through a variety of forms. Kazimir Malevich designed and built his own coffin without compromising his aesthetics or his politics. The Countess Castiglione, sensing her failing beauty and waning political influence, made The Foot, one of the nineteenth century political seductress and amateur photographer’s most sardonic images. Other approaches include crystalline annihilation (Robert Smithson’s Antiomorphic Chamber, 1965), weightless dispersion (Andy Warhol’s Silver Clouds, 1966), theatrical entombment (Paul Thek’s Death of a Hippie, 1967), subterranean surveillance (Bruce Nauman’s Underground Audio/Video Chamber, 19xx), ritualized grief (Gordon Matta-Clark’s Descending Steps (for Bataan), 197x) or delusional grandeur (Bas Jan Ader’s In Search of the Miraculous, 197x).

Best of all, as a work of art, Custom not only makes you a part of the esteemed art historical lineage mentioned above but, as such, will almost certainly increase in value over time. As Malevich’s austere Suprematist box made clear, the beauty of approaching death as a work of art is that, when the time comes, you can take it with you.