One nice thing about the digital age is it helps one to remember—as I did when I was looking through iphoto. I have been feeling a bit off the last few days. That feeling that somethings wrong in some way. In looking through my digital photos I found photos I took this time last year of my parents farm in Oklahoma. I then realized it was almost to the day a year ago that I last saw my mother before she passed away. The image of her lying in asleep in the hospital burns in my memory. She was very beautiful.
This monoprint “Flowers” is a tribute to her. The image of the girl in the piece is my mom as a young girl with several cats. I think death may never be something we are comfortable with, it seems a cruel joke to not let us in on what happens after one dies. For me it is one of those mysteries of life I try to honor, humble myself to and hope for the best. The Latin phrase Memento mori best describes it for me. Perhaps it’s something we all need to remember in order to live fully?