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AJ Hawkins creates death positive fine art to help you live with death. Her work is often interdisciplinary, and in line with pop surrealist and new contemporary portraiture. Her work engages with the challenging and painful parts of being mortal, and ultimately trying to accept death, decay and loss. She is a member of the Order of the Good Death and is owner of death positive lifestyle brand, KALMA.

The Reclamation is an art series exploring the decomposition of human bodies and the nutrient cycle. Each piece represents a phase of decomposition, from death to dust, and ways nature reclaims our bodies to foster life.


For most, this topic is unsettling and uncomfortable.  I use science to shed light on the importance and complexity of decomposition, and a creative lens to help beautify the subject and engage viewers who might otherwise look away.


By highlighting how life is facilitated by death, I’m hoping we can learn that what we see as an end is actually teeming with potential.

The Reclamation has been featured on The Order of The Good Death, Haute Macabre,  Death/Scent, and Death & The Maiden.


Apply to be a Steward!

I'm looking for loving forever homes for my passion project. Until March 31st, 2020, I am accepting offers for cash, or trade in goods or services, in exchange for ownership of a piece of The Reclamation. I want this art to be available to collectors who genuinely cherish this work but who may not be able to compensate me traditionally.  At the end of the application period, I will select offers based on value of compensation and enthusiasm for the work.


PLEASE NOTE: Applicants MUST pick up the work IN PERSON, in or near Seattle, WA or Portland, OR. These pieces can not be shipped. No exceptions.

In order to apply, fill out the form below. Be sure to include a detailed offer of cash or trade compensation, as well as briefly describe why you would like to own a piece of The Reclamation. Applications missing information will not be considered.

Available Pieces:

Phase I: Death, Phase 2: Livor & Rigor, Phase 3: Putrefation, Phase 4: Bloat, Phase 5: Purge, Phase 7: Dust

Phase VII: Dust

The body has been picked over by scavengers and the soft tissues are gone, unless the body underwent natural mummification. Primarily bones and teeth remain. When the body purged, it dumped high levels of nutrients in the soil, killing nearby plant life. Mushrooms may grow in this region, acting as nature’s balancing force, filtering the soil so that new life may flourish.