Research – Purgatory

Purgatory is a intermediate state after your physical death for those who are destined to go for heaven but their souls need to undergo purification in order to achieve entry into the joy of heaven. Only those who die in the state of grace but have not in life reached a sufficient level of holiness can be in Purgatory, and therefore no one in Purgatory will remain forever in that state or they would go to hell.

The reason why im looking into purgatory for my final major project is that when i described the brief to show a hidden essence like there is something bad that we cant see with the human eye, i felt like purgatory would be a good place to start as it is a place that lets you purify your soul and it is considered a dark, sombre and depressing place with loads of tests which will be the same as my idea in a way.

I like this whole idea of doing multiple tests to purify your soul in order to go to a better place but i wont be including this into my final major project, ill just be taking some ideas from some purgatory art like the ones above to create my final illustrations. I like this art as it gives you the idea of what purgatory could look like (although its portrayed differently by everyone) and the sense of fate. Whether or not you are worthy enough to go to heaven or that you choose not to purify your soul which will lead you to go to hell. You could say that Purgatory is a place for the questionable souls that you personally get a second chance to decide where you want to go – take the punishment and complete whatever will purify your soul or dont take the short punishment and br condemmed to a enternal punishment in hell.

I like these image as it is strong and it sends a clear and simple message to the audience. I also like the way the designer implemented a massive maze to a place in the distance to create this feel of how hard the punishment of purgatory is for you to purify your soul to lead yourself to heaven whereas the other images show different types of punishment. I think the colours that were used in these images is perfect because it shows that purgatory is not a nice place for you to purify your soul and that you are once step closer to heaven or even hell. All of these images shows vast emptyness and this could also mean that if you dont complete certain tasks to purify your soul that you will be stuck in a place with nothing around.

These images have gave me some ideas on what i might include into my own work for example the colours used which are mainly around the colours of hell/fire which are dark and would be perfect for my final illustrations.


I dont think that i will go down this path of showing my designs in a biblical sense but i will take some ideas from this place after death to show that the hidden essence in my image is like the souls of unwanted ones trying to get back into the real word or something crazy along those lines.


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