11 posts tagged Memento mori
11 posts tagged Memento mori
Hermit crabs require new, larger shells to accommodate their bodies as they grow. They’ve been known to salvage all sorts of hollow items besides actual shells to use as their new homes. American artist Josh Keyes (previously featured here) created this awesome painting, entitled Migratory Soul, which depicts a resourceful crab who found a human skull that appears to be a perfect fit. This painting will be shown at 111 Minna Gallery’s 20th anniversary group show opening September 6th, 2013 in San Francisco, CA.
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Belgium-based street artist ROA (previously featured here) has made a name for himself by painting awesome animal murals all over the world. We’re particularly fond of his pieces which appear to view animals with x-ray vision.
We’re fascinated by the history of Absinthe and the ritual and accoutrements involved in its consumption. One such item is the absinthe spoon. This awesome skeletal absinthe spoon was created by Crazy Pig Designs in London. The scroll woven between the bones of the hand features the slogan “Absinthe Perd Nos Fils” which means “Absinthe kills our sons.”
This beautiful and macabre utensil is available for purchase as a special order.
From the Department of Awesome Optical Illusions comes this fantastic photo entitled Oko, which means “eye” in Croatian. It was taken by Marko Popadic, a photographer based in Merzenich, Germany. The markings on the wing of a butterfly perched on the zygomatic bone of a human skull hauntingly serve as the piercing gaze of the skull’s missing eye.
Do you remember the awesome knitted brain we posted about a few weeks ago? We may have just found the rest of the body.
Canadian artist Shanell Papp knitted this life-size reproduction of a dissected human corpse for an awesome and elaborate Lab installation that includes containers and displays for each of the internal organs. It’s the coziest gross anatomy class you’ve ever seen.
Shanell “has long been fascinated by death and the human body. This installation of a human body being dissected was an expression of that interest:
“To make the work, I borrowed a human skeleton from the university and collected anatomical textbooks. I also managed to track down a mortuary gurney for displaying the work–a mortuary gave me a gurney after a renovation…they were looking to get rid of it since “people are were getting too fat for the gurney.” I also worked in an old hospital turned history museum. I also went to open house day at a local funeral…they gave me a decorative pen. During my graduate studies, I was granted open access to the gross anatomy lab, though I was long finished making LAB/skeleton at this point. I was given access to draw, look around…. It is always funny how specimens are collected and cared for.”
These haunting white sculptures appear to be completely solid, but they are actually incredibly delicate (completely awesome) objects made of thousands of layers of soft white paper, which makes them unbelievably flexible. They’re the work of Beijing artist Li Hongbo.
“A book editor and designer, the artist became fascinated by traditional Chinese toys and festive decorations known as paper gourds made from glued layers of thin paper which can be stored flat but then opened to reveal a flower or other shape. He applied the same honeycomb-like paper structure to much larger human forms resulting in these highly flexible sculptures. Hongbo recently had a solo show at Dominik Mersch Gallery in Australia… You can see much more of his work on their website.”
Here’s a bit of morbid wintertime fun. Jen Hutchinson made the best of a blizzard that recently struck the southern UK by making these awesome undead snowmen who appear to be emerging from old graves in a disused graveyard in Bristol.
Photo by Jonathan Pow
We love this awesome skull made from repurposed skateboard decks by Japanese artist Haroshi (previously featured here). The braces and gold tooth are nice touches. Haroshi is opening his second solo show at Jonathan Levine Gallery in New York on January 12. We wish we could attend.
Our exQuisite Corpse commissions the Huichol people of Western Mexico to create these awesome beaded works of art. Huichol artisans painstakingly cover human and animal skulls with intricate patters of tiny, colorful beads. Because each one-of-a-kind piece is beaded using wax, they need to be kept away from heat and the sun.
The finished Human Skulls (made of resin, not bone, just in case anyone was wondering) all appear deliriously happy. The longer we look at them, the more we can’t help starting to grin right along with them.
While they’re all gorgeous, our favourite piece has got to be the stunning life-sized replica Giraffe Skull complete with beaded vertebrate.
The skulls are awesome! UK-based artist Magnus Gjoen always seeks to challenge a viewer’s preconceived notions of what is the norm. The artist’s intentions are to represent beauty in otherwise destructive or unappealing objects. By combining decorative appeal and destruction, Gjoen creates parallels between the two, forcing the spectator to draw connections. He adds fragility to strength while incorporating religious motifs. His works are thought-provoking and actually mind-boggling once you learn that these aren’t actual sculptures. The experienced graphic designer creates each of these embellished items digitally.
Visit My Modern Metropolis to view more of Magnus Gjoen’s hauntingly awesome digital creations.