Handcrafted memento mori art objects

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The Prospect of Death Brings More Meaning to Life

What is the story behind my creating what some may view as macabre art objects? Well, really, it's more about life than it is about death. It is about living our best lives and leaving behind a beautiful legacy.

I have long been a fan of the phrase “Memento Mori,“ meaning, “Remember that you will die.”

In medieval times, the words were associated with the practice of reflecting on death with the purpose of realizing the fleeting nature of life and earthly pleasures. From a Christian perspective, the words urged meditation on the fact that, after death, the soul would face judgment. The wise, therefore, should eschew the world and its pleasures and focus instead on temperance, mortifications and the narrow path leading to eternal life.

The interpretation of Memento Mori I prefer to embrace has nothing to do with divine judgment or the afterlife. Instead, I choose to reflect on the prospect of death as a way to bring more meaning and focus to life. Mindful of the fact that any moment could be my last, I try to live my life embracing the ideals I hold most dear.

If I were to die today, would I have regrets? Would I have treated others with dignity and respect, the way I myself wish to be treated? Would fear have held me back from doing things I wished that I had done? What would my legacy be?

When I die, my fondest dream is that I will leave the world better for my having been here.

All this leads to my reason for creating my memento mori collection. The skeletons remind us that our time on earth is limited and the halo crowns remind us to strive to be our best selves and to leave behind us a legacy of light.

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