Memento Mori

Remember death, remember you will die . . .

Near the end of the Covid-19 shutdown I was prompted to revisit these images begun several years ago. After a year of isolation, with news of millions of shocking deaths, I remembered these little corpses with new purpose. The feeling of quiet stillness is evident in these tranquil portraits. Through this imagery I want to enhance the silence.

Following the 2014 Vacant Nests series, I made more images but with a different intent—to confront death as a universal creaturely experience. I hesitated and put these pictures aside. 2021 was the time to look directly and reckon with our fragility.

These 11 high resolution photographs are printed with archival pigment inks on 100% cotton canvas, then mounted to wooden panels. Copper leaf is applied to the panel edges, and the surface is protected with varnish. Ed 3. Also available as unmounted prints on heavyweight 100% cotton paper. Ed 3 + 1 AP.  30 x 24 inches. 2021