unique chromogenic photogram
90" x 90" (3 30" x 90" panels)
Earlier this week Memento Mori was installed in The Fishbowl Window of Blackfish Gallery located at 420 NW 9th Avenue in Portland, OR. Blackfish Gallery offers one window space per month to artists who are seeking a venue in which to exhibit installation works, and Memento Mori is the guest piece this April. Memento Mori will be on display until April 30, 2015.
Opening reception on April 2nd at 6:00 PM during 1st Thursday.
I also have artwork on display during 1st Thursday at Blue Sky Gallery. See more here.
About Memento Mori:
Memento Mori is a Latin phrase that translates to "Remember your mortality." It is an artistic theme dating back to antiquity, and it refers to a genre of artworks that vary widely but which share a common purpose: to alter people to their ephemerality.
More than a work of art, Memento Mori acts as a catalyst for the human imagination to engage with questions surrounding the nature of life and death. It acts upon the mortal constraints of all people, and the finite, fragile boundaries of the human body.
Using the symbolism of nature, I created a triptych of a tree which illustrates new growth in the first panel, extends into full bloom in the second panel, and concludes with a third panel of dead branches and fallen leaves.
The tree exhibits a transitory beauty, an ephemeral symbol of mortality that engages the Earth as a living medium, and illustrates the passage of time.
The tree image is a living Memento Mori. Its purpose is to remind the viewer that death is an unavoidable part of life, something to be prepared for at all times. But the image of the tree also reminds us of something startling and important: life is meaningful, temporary, and sacred.
You can read more about Memento Mori on a previous blog post here.
Purchase a print of Memento Mori here.
If you have questions or comments I would love to hear them.
Much love to you all!