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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
Volpi.You will find that the story you tell
is very rarely your own. In Lucca,
even the smallest pebbles
breathe in the warm sunlight.
Knotted stones and cobbled roads
beat out a paper-dry heartbeat heat
my city breathes in and out,
inhales sparrow air.
It's writing a story.
You are the pen.
You will find that in Lucca
the daisy chains forge fire
in side streets and back alleys.
Teenagers intertwine. Tell me,
odd flower, are you still closed?
Here we are colored wax;
the heat of the city melts us.
We run into each other, rhapsody
of pigments. Operas are our specialties.
Open up; feel the reds.
If not, try and see them. There is a place
of deep knife marks, a street
long as midnight
you may learn something there.
Valentina's voice glimmers like red wine.
You may enjoy intoxications. Still,
know alcohol has no story
and will swallow your own.
Find the sign with the wolf on it.
You'll know the place. Epiphanies ring true as church-bells.
Lucca still guides the wanderers
to well sp
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