Memento Mori Artist's StatementMemento Mori
Memento Mori treats the subject of death and it's affects on people. I have never truly experienced death and grieving, although I find the subject saddening, and tragic, and thought it a worthy subject of exploration. Most of my artistic work is based on subjects I find interesting, if not fascinating, in this case, death.
Creating this work, I felt fascinated, intrigued, confused and saddened. The subjects, who are all woman, have been posed in a strait, general pose, which in it's lack of emotion conveys a torrent of it. The subjects have been photographed at what I consider a vulnerable time, one where people are free to look at and judge you whilst you think, unaware of them. Usually, holding a strait face signifies that we've forgotten our faces, and our emotions one could say. The lighting of the photographs is soft and even, reflecting the steady wash death casts over us.
The photographs are presented on a flat, off-white paper that stretches out far beyond the pho