I’ve been thinking a lot about memento moris, and some of this thought is going to integrate more into the collages and clothing on the way.
Oh wise Wikipedia, you beautiful filler content, thank you for these definitions:
Memento mori (Latin: “remember that you have to die”) is the medieval Latin Christian theory and practice of reflection on mortality, especially as a means of considering the vanity of earthly life and the transient nature of all earthly goods and pursuits.
Vanitas is a category of symbolic works of art, especially those associated with the still life paintings of the 16th and 17th centuries in Flanders and the Netherlands. Vanitas, (Latin: “emptiness”) […] refers in this context to the traditional Christian view of earthly life and the worthless nature of all earthly goods and pursuits.
Above: A Quintessential Vanitas by Philippe de Champaigne
Now here are my most recent collages. I would say image 1 is a take on vanitas, whereas image 2 is thin on that concept. I was hardly thinking about it when I first made the costume, but I’d like to push this theme as it’s done poorly by most labels. Skulls are cool, we agree on that. I don’t think death is cool though, but awareness of it can be an asset.