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Modern “Death” in the Skull

 ”Memento mori”. In Latin, it is a warning phrase meaning “think of death” or “remember that you are going to die.

 Although it has been interpreted in various ways depending on the times, it has given many suggestions to us humans. The message has been expressed not only in text but also in art, sometimes in paintings.

 In this case, the main motif was the skull, which directly reminds us of death. Still life paintings, which had a lower status than religious or historical paintings, were elevated by incorporating the essence of Christianity. This was the so-called vanitas. Hundreds of years later, Damien Hirst’s three-dimensional “For the Love of God,” which is the most expensive single work by an artist in existence, also has Memento Mori as its theme. The skull was also chosen for this work.

 Now, does the best motif to remind us of death give a new suggestion to modern people who have forgotten “Memento Mori”? In this article, I would like to introduce a few artists who deal with skulls.

Daisuke Yatsuda

Sugar skull (C)
24 x 20 cm
Sugar skull (B)
24 x 20 cm
Sugar skull (Y)
24 x 20 cm

For more information about the artist, click here.


Skull72.7 x 60.6 cm
Skull46.5 x 39 cm
Skull46.5 x 39 cm

For more information about the artist, click here

Jun Suzuki

Skull29.7 x 21 cm
Sword in the right hand, flower in the left
42 x 29.7 cm
Good night
42 x 29.7 cm

For more information about the artist, click here

Shinzo Okuoka
Born in 1992 in Tokyo, Japan. After studying Indian philosophy at university, she worked at a publishing company as a deputy editor of an art magazine and a shrine magazine, where she was involved in planning and editing magazines and books. 2019 she joined TRiCERA, a start-up company, where she was in charge of developing Japan's first cross-border e-commerce site specializing in contemporary art, managing artists, and launching the company's own on-demand media. He is also in charge of developing Japan's first cross-border e-commerce site specializing in contemporary art, managing artists, and launching the company's own owned media. He is a fast writer, and when he was working for a magazine, he was able to write 150 pages in a month by himself.

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