“АЙВА И ВИНОГРАД (ЭТЮД)”
“АЙВА ТА ВИНОГРАД (ЕТЮД)”
“AYVA VE ÜZÜM (BIR ETÜD)”
Date: Sept. 29, 2014.
Materials: oils on canvas, 16x23 cm.
Материалы: холст на картоне, масло, 16x23 см.
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16 x 20 Oil on Canvas
A conceptual piece I did which symbolizes life, death, and passing of time. I decided to leave it gray scale because it goes with the concept of life and death, life being represented by light and death represented by darkness. Each item in this conceptual still life has it's purpose. The skull as we all can imagine symbolizes death. The three candles symbolizes faith or faith in a God ( as in the holy trinity ). The dried up leafs represent old age as well as death, while the decaying fruits represent the passing of time. Memento Mori in Latin means "remember death" or "remember that you will die". It was first used by the Romans when a general had won a major battle he was welcomed into Rome in a triumph parade in front of the Roman emperor. The Romans believed that if a mortal compares himself to the Gods the Gods would get angry and punish the mortal as well as those around him. During the triumph as the general would be celebrated there was always a person near him saying "memento mori" so that the general would remember that he was still a mortal and wouldn't want to upset the Gods by thinking that he was beyond them while he was celebrated. With this being said, memento mori also is referring to the viewers of this piece by reminding them that life is temporary, the passing of time happens, and before we know it we are old and soon ready to pass into the world beyond. I want the viewers to remember that life as though it seems that it will last forever is temporary and for them to live up to what they would consider would be a meaningful life without letting it just pass them by. I don't mean to depress anyone with this notion, this is a philosophical piece that is meant to make the viewers think a little. It's not an art work that is just pure aesthetics, it is also conceptual. I hope you enjoyed it, thank you for viewing the work and ready my description.