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Memento Mori

Painting

Rachael Matuschka

It is in the natural order of things to grow and decay. 

My work Memento Mori Latin for ‘remember you must die’ explores the transient nature of life and the inevitable outcome of death, by drawing parallels from the decayed still life to physical human aging. I have appropriated the style of artists from the ‘Dutch Golden Age’ and have referenced the symbolism used in this era. My paintings feature my mum and my grandma in an attempt to address my personal fear of change, by challenging the notion of decay, as a new symbol of rebirth and new beginnings.