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Memento Mori

Ariana Fisher

Ariana Fisher

Da Vinci Design High School

Memento Mori derives from the Latin phrase “remember to die” – commonly related to the theory and practice of reflection on mortality, especially as a means of considering the worth of what life is and its transient nature. My painting depicts that of a female creature whose existence lies between the living and the dead. This idea is reflected in her eyes, cracking skin and exposed ribcage. Flowers are heavily incorporated within the piece as they act as a symbolic motif due to their quick transcendence between life and death. Her head is adorned with large antlers; her hands and arms outstretched, possessing a stone arrow piercing through a red flower petal. I wanted to connect the idea of her life being equal to that of an innocent deer – beautiful and mysterious, but short and inevitable. In the relative perspective of human life, we should be reminded by Memento Mori to never take life, in itself, for granted. Every moment is precious. How we decide to use the time we are given is depended on our will to live and our desire to dream.

Da Vinci Design High School

Memento Mori derives from the Latin phrase “remember to die” – commonly related to the theory and practice of reflection on mortality, especially as a means of considering the worth of what life is and its transient nature. My painting depicts that of a female creature whose existence lies between the living and the dead. This idea is reflected in her eyes, cracking skin and exposed ribcage. Flowers are heavily incorporated within the piece as they act as a symbolic motif due to their quick transcendence between life and death. Her head is adorned with large antlers; her hands and arms outstretched, possessing a stone arrow piercing through a red flower petal. I wanted to connect the idea of her life being equal to that of an innocent deer – beautiful and mysterious, but short and inevitable. In the relative perspective of human life, we should be reminded by Memento Mori to never take life, in itself, for granted. Every moment is precious. How we decide to use the time we are given is depended on our will to live and our desire to dream.

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