People who express fear of dying and death are way deep down actually afraid of something else. Humans could not really fear death because they had never has this experience. We have not experienced death, so how can we fear it? We must be projecting some other anxiety to the black screen known as death. –Sigmund Freud
The Angst of Being tries to straighten the tangling emotions regarding one’s existence within the impossibility of finding meaning and rational justification on the subject that contains nothing.
Death is a state, a concept that is absolutely empty. What lies beyond Death is an uncertainty, whether it is a continuation of life or a state of void. The state of angst–as the existentialist philosopher, Martin Heidegger said–will reveal the totality beyond what exists.
Having no content, we must speak of the death metaphorically and we could not fear Death itself as we never had this experience. We simply fear the predictions of what does and does not lie beyond. Through personal experiences and unconsciously hid memories, this project is a self reflective effort to question, confront and understand this bridge between what it means to live and the anxieties that follow.
Two concepts of anxiety in our projections of Death are thus drawn of being apart from its own existence, along with the other, as we ponder about the temporality of time. Both notions suggest and incite the feeling of loneliness, loss, grief, and all that awakens your darkest fears. Inspired by Dutch portraits and still life paintings in the 17th century, Existentialism and Edgar Allan Poe writings, The Angst of Being aims to evoke a realization and trigger an awakening.