This is the recent illustration that is part of a larger body of work that celebrates the concept of Memento Mori ("Remember your Death" or "Remember your Mortality"). This is a two and a half month sketch process to see what evolves in my sketchbook. From that collection, I am producing a lulu book to celebrate the ideas...and then start anew with the same topic for another 4 months. I am using images from the Old Burial Grounds in Marblehead, Massachusetts as puritanical and colonial prompts when things get slow.There is a real wealth of historic reference (visual, text, music etc) that are goads that many of us like to spin on this topic.
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