Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Smiley Skull by Meinbert Gozewijn Van Soest
Thursday, November 14, 2013
Clown Skull by Vik Muniz, 1987
Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Monday, November 11, 2013
Remember Death - The phrase and the image of the messenger who carries it—in this case, an angel, which is to say, a servant of the lord, but more often a skull—long precede Puritanism and probably even precede Christianity itself. Tertullian in his Apologeticus (Chapter 33, 4) tells of an ancient Roman general who assigned a servant to stand behind him whenever the crowd celebrated his exploits and remind him, “Respice post te! Hominem te esse memento! Memento mori!” (“Look behind you! Remember that you are a man! Remember that you will die!”)
Wise counsel, but not nearly as simple as it may seem. Especially when boiled down to those two words. For to remember death is to look both ways before crossing, to gaze simultaneously into the past and towards the future. You’re being told to look back and remember what has occurred to every human being who has ever lived, and look ahead and remember what will inescapably happen to you as well. You’re also being told to monitor your behavior, your past and future behavior, because all behavior has lasting consequences. Your future is lashed to your past. And you’re being told that every second counts, don’t waste a one.
(via One Way to Keep Writing: ‘Remember Death’ - Joe Fassler - The Atlantic)
A nice stop motion animation on an artist Emma Allen’s face illustrating aging, death, and reincarnation. Painted over five days using face paints and a mirror. Impressive and well done.
Ruby (by Emma Allen)
Saturday, November 9, 2013
Thursday, November 7, 2013
It always bothers me to see people writing ‘RIP’ when a person dies. It just feels so in- sincere and like a cop-out. To me, ‘RIP’ is the microwave dinner of posthumous honors.
I don’t mind if you forget me.