Memento Mori - "Remember your mortality"
Stemming from the
medieval Latin theory and practice of reflection on mortality, it has
been a ubiquitous part of human culture for centuries. From the
philosophical to the artistic, the fascination, fear and appreciation of
death has consistently captivated and cultivated our imagination. Many
practitioners of this theory kept with them, artifacts or keepsakes
which served as a reminder that the only thing certain in life, was
death. Many of these items were often objects (watches, necklaces) in
the shape of skulls.
The low-poly design represents a simplistic
one. The bare "bones" of 3D creation and graphic art, the first steps of
animation can be interpreted as the beginning of "virtual" life.
historians believe that playing cards represented a deeper, esoteric
meaning, that each suit was one of the four seasons. Each card within a
suit was one of the thirteen phases of the moon. The fifty-two cards in a
deck would represent the fifty-two weeks of the year and together, this
would represent just one year of your life.
A constant reminder of our fleeting time on earth.
"This deck is my Memento Mori." - Chris Ramsay