World of One: Memento Mori II

A figure in white floating above a snowy backdrop. Figures in black sitting around him on the snow with their back turned.
Memento Mori II
24″ x 41 3/16″
edn: 5

“When someone that you love’s like fireworks suddenly burning out in the sky and everything going black.”

Muriel Barbery, The Elegance of the Hedgehog

A good friend of mine lost her mother last month. Even though I only met her mom a handful of times, she always made me feel welcomed. It made me incredibly sad. Especially since the one thing I wanted to do for my friend was to give her a hug, and I can’t. This experience made me think about all the other nameless deaths that have happened over the past year. As of writing this, nearly 500,000 people have died in the US alone. That’s 500,000 people who were precious to someone at some point. Then to top it all off, we can’t even properly grieve for those we’ve lost.

Momento Mori II – is an image that illustrates this situation we find ourselves in. The maskless floating figure in the center represents the dead. Whereas the masked figures surrounding him represent us. The living, unable to mourn, unable to do anything but try and bear the pain.

“Death, the only immortal who treats us all alike, whose pity and whose peace and whose refuge are for all — the soiled and the pure, the rich and the poor, the loved and the unloved.”

Mark Twain

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