Regardless of how or where we are born, what unites people of all cultures is the fact everyone eventually dies. However, cultures vary in how they conceptualize death and what happens when a person dies. Baptiste Comte created uniques cremation urns to honour the uniqueness of individuals.
With a focus on the cremation burial method, this work explores an alternative scenario to lower the idea of a human life becoming « objectified », in a mass produced funeral urn, taking distance from the uniqueness of a person.
By imagining urns as ‘skins’, Baptiste Comte finds a natural way to commemorate the individual. His clay vessels honour the memory of a person and their fading tangibility as they return to the earth.
Considering the urns as living organisms more than inert objects, the work celebrates the importance of biomorphism for our perception of unicity. Through an extrusion technique, the objects are mimicking the growth of natural matters, using organic transformations as a source for individual typologies. Random variations in the clay recall the uniqueness of each person.
This skin remains over time as a memorial for relatives, while the ashes are sealed in a degradable container inside that can eventually be buried.