Artists

The people who make things about death.

  • Sarah Fornace

    Sarah Fornace

    Sarah is a Chicago based performer. She is co-founder of the live-scored cinematic shadow puppet troupe Manual Cinema, which creates dark spectacles such as Ada/Ava, a show about the death and mourning of two identical twins. Sarah is a trained narrative theorist, breaking, filtering, and re-ordering your mortician’s theories for over six years.

  • Paul Koudounaris

    Paul Koudounaris

    Paul is an author and photographer in Los Angeles. His PhD in Art History has taken him around the world to document charnel houses and ossuaries. His books of photography include The Empire of Death and Heavenly Bodies, which features the little known skeletons taken from the Roman Catacombs in the seventeenth century and decorated with jewels by teams of nuns. His other academic interests include Sicilian sex ghosts and demonically possessed cats.

  • Bess Lovejoy

    Bess Lovejoy

    Bess is a writer, researcher, and editor based in New York. She has written about dead people, the corpses of the well-known, and forgotten history for The New York Times and contributed to the The Believer, The Boston Globe, and The Stranger. Her book Rest in Pieces: The Curious Fates of Famous Corpses is available from Simon & Schuster.

  • Landis Blair

    Landis Blair

    Landis is a pen & ink illustrator and author based in Los Angeles and Chicago. He is most well known for his small picture books of nihilistic whimsy as well as for his work as the illustrator on the soon to be released graphic novel, “The Hunting Accident.” He is currently working on illustrating Caitlin Doughty’s second book. In addition to illustration, Landis is also the editor and animator on the “Ask a Mortician” Youtube series. 

  • Vanessa Ruiz

    Vanessa Ruiz

    Vanessa is trained medical illustrator, curator, and all out anatomy fanatic. She created Street Anatomy while getting her Master of Science in Biomedical Visualization. Street Anatomy brings anatomical illustration out of the medical world and into the art world, curating events and gallery shows.

  • Ariel Hart

    Ariel Hart

    Ariel is an animator and illustrator in LA, working for clients as diverse as Justin Timberlake and Nike. She has a masters in experimental animation from CalArts and is the movin’ picture lady (i.e corpses in space) for the Ask a Mortician series.

  • Angela Kirkpatrick

    Angela Kirkpatrick

    Angela is a post-mortem jewelry designer and silver smith who resides in the Pacific Northwest.  She incorporates cremated remains, hair, and teeth into custom modern jewelry designs inspired by Victorian Memento mori jewelry.

  • Mara Zehler

    Mara Zehler

    Mara is a Los Angeles writer and editor, formerly of Flaunt magazine. She is the Order’s right hand woman, creating decomposing felt puppets for videos, allowing herself to be shrouded and buried for home funeral photoshoots, and editing the Order website’s blog content and social media.

  • David Forrest

    David Forrest

    David does all the music (and occasionally voiceovers) for the Order’s videos, including the Ask a Mortician and Morbid Minute series. He’s a music theorist working on his PhD at Harvard, and is the mortician’s existential confidant.

  • Colin Dickey

    Colin Dickey

    Colin is the author of Cranioklepty: Grave Robbing and the Search for Genius, and Afterlives of the Saints: Stories from the Ends of Faith. His work has also appeared in Cabinet, TriQuarterly, The Believer, and he is a regular contributor to Lapham’s Quarterly and LA Review of Books.

  • Annabel de Vetten

    Annabel de Vetten

    Formerly trained as a sculptor, a taxidermist, and painter, Annabel de Vetten, turned her creativity towards food art in 2011 and created Conjuror’s Kitchen. Drawing inspiration from her love of anatomy, alternative art and ossuaries and the horror genre, her cakes, chocolates and other edibles are delightfully disturbing. She has also created ‘Death in Chocolate’, a range of edible bird, small mammal, and human skulls, which she ships all over the world. Annabel’s work has been featured in Vice, Ripley’s Believe It Or Not and Archie McPhee. 

  • Sheera Talpaz

    Sheera Talpaz

    Sheera is is a writer and poet, getting her Phd in comparative literature at Princeton University. Her essays and poems contributed to the Order tend to focus on her well-known pernicious fear of her impending mortality.

  • Jim Doran

    Jim Doran

    Jim is a metaphysicist, artist, and diorama maker in Baltimore. His wee pen and ink drawings in seemingly mundane places (Carmex jars, Altoid tins) show death and the macabre peeking through our everyday lives.

  • Will C White

    Will C White

    Will is the assistant conductor of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and a composer for film. He is a frequent contributor to the content of the Order, and has been a staunch supporter and editor since Caitlin’s secret password-protected cremation blog, Salon of Souls, debuted to ten friends in 2008.

  • Darren Blackburn

    Darren Blackburn

    Darren is a Los Angeles photographer with a focus on the use of older film cameras. His work for the Order includes the home funeral/green burial scene originally shot for Fortnight Journal as well as death shoots for Dark Beauty magazine and The Huffington Post.

  • Angeline Gragasin

    Angeline Gragasin

    Angeline is an independent filmmaker and media maven at National Headquarters. She has directed two videos with the Order, The Ecstasy of Decay No. 1 & No. 2. She has also collaborated with Caitlin on multiple death-themed films and theater productions.

  • Will Slocombe

    Will Slocombe

    Will is a film director and writer. He works as the Events Coordinator at Film Independent, the company responsible for the LA Film Festival. His first wide-release feature, Cold Turkey, came out in the fall of 2013.  Will shot Death by Fame and provided equipment and assistance on the Order’s Ecstasy of Decay films.