A memento mori skull is flanked by delicate ribbons.
One-of-a-kind original chase and repousse
Chase and repousse, etched, hand fabricated
Sterling silver, bronze
20" solid sterling silver rolo chain
Inscription reads, "It is later than you think"
I sculpted this piece by hand-hammering a flat sheet of silver over nearly 20 hours to gradually “raise” the metal into a dimensional shape. This laborious technique, called “chasing and repousse,” has been used by metalsmiths for centuries.
The inspiration for this piece was a woman’s carved headstone from the 1800s; the pretty ribbons that flanked the skull seemed a reflection of how, for generations before our own, death was a much more integrated and perhaps less feared part of life.
In seeking perspective for our present day pandemic, I looked to the plagues of centuries past and how artists throughout history portrayed them. I could no longer escape the symbol of the skull as a reminder of the precious brevity of life in my work... How, in these times, despite our science and technology, we are vulnerable still and stripped down once again to our most bare humanity. ..............
~ HOLIDAY SHOPPERS:Due to the pandemic and high holiday demand, shipping times are slower than normal. I ship via UPS with tracking and will do everything in my power to get your package to you on time for Christmas.After you place your order, I will email a giftable, printable card showing the piece you purchased along with my logo; you can print and wrap the card if your item doesn't arrive in time. I will send the printable card to the email address you provide during checkout. ~