The photographs in Mementomori, although they are not self-portraits, are pieces of myself. The word mementomori means, literally, a reminder of death. This series of images is a study of grief. The human figure merges with objects from the natural world to create a hybrid reality in which instinct and emotion unite. Each photograph is unearthed from the subconscious of existential longing and collective mourning.

In the wake of global warming, mass extinction and war my Art is my refuge; beauty is grace. The inevitability of death, both on a personal and global level, forces me to an acceptance of what is. Whereas all matter on earth, composed of the same molecules and atoms, inhabiting the same space, deserves the same level of respect and gratitude.


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