Saturday, February 7, 2009

Memento Mori






Meaning, "Be mindful of death"





Or "Remember that you are mortal"






Also a description of an object of remembrance






In Victorian times, people kept ‘memento mori’ of loved ones







There are a number of components to this piece





Twice made Worry beads






Or prayer beads





The linking of the beads with the concept of Memento Mori







Historically many people carried small reminders of their own mortality








Or simply an object or objects that reminds us of a time and a place – never to be repeated but by having that object on us or with us, takes us back to that moment in time.

Stay tuned for Part 2

xo

18 comments:

Seth said...

You have my attention Judy. Another fascinating work and I am very curious to see where you take it and what the project looks like in its complete. I am really intrigued by the concept and story you have described.

Kerin said...

Oh wow! I can hardly wait to see more!

I left a comment on your other blog that I just did a piece 'Memento' also that is silver above and black below (which was so cool to think of doing something similar to what you were working on). Now that I see more of it I see that yours has so much going on.

This looks just exquisite and so very cool.

Judy Wise said...

Wonderful as always. I'm curious to know what the round beads are; they look like metal but maybe not. At any rate, the project glows and pulses with beauty and meaning.

Jen Crossley said...

WOW Judy I love these pieces,there is something very strong about these small pieces
Jen

dede warren said...

Love this Judy, your work is always s inspiring. I just picked up some Ethiopian prayer beads recently, makes me feel like I'm on the right track. Patiently waiting for Part 2.

Chrisy said...

An interesting and visually beautiful post...thank you...
ps i can't believe that my word vertification word on this post is 'bless'...they're usually weird obscure and often rude sounding words...so maybe this is an omen for ur project...

Gail said...

I love your work Judy it is so thought provoking and looks wonderful as well.

Kim said...

What a fascinating piece. Love the little opening 'windows' and the shell casing. Curious to see the piece in it's entirety you tease, LOL

Steph said...

Oooooooooooh Wowwwwwwwwwwwwww !
Can't wait to see "part two". Love the lockets!

rivergardenstudio said...

This work is amazing, historical and unique. I love the depth of your pieces. Roxanne

The Junkin' Yaya said...

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE! :)

I miss talkin' with ya...hope all is going well. And will talk again soon.

Until then...have a beautiful & creative week! xo...deb

azirca said...

This looks very interesting, I'm curious to see more.

Leslie said...

How intriguing your work always is! I love the look of these! I can't wait to see more!

xo

Sarah said...

Moving piece Judy, I cant wait for the story to continue.

Ro Bruhn said...

Wow judy, just visiting this piece now, it is so apt for our present situation. Did you have a premonition? It's wonderful, but very poignant for times gone by and the present moment.

Lumilyon said...

This is absolutely beautiful. thank you

Sam Marshall said...

You are amazing- these pieces are incredible.

Robin said...

Outstanding Judy. LOVE the 'memento mori'--explains why I can't alter the cab cards I find--yet. I pour over the photos and try to divine their stories... some come through, so don't. Especially the children's photos.....
More!!!