This little memento mori sits on the window sill in front of my desk.
|Photograph by David Bales ©2012|
This vignette began after visiting graveyards in Provincetown that date back to the early 1700's. I found a small piece of shale, split it and carved Life & Death on the two interior faces. When closed the two words are like a powerful secret contained. Open, it reminds me of friends who've died and not to waste precious time on the computer.
The tiny Balinese carved mammoth ivory skull is remarkably detailed. The lense is a rifle scope that magnifies the message: What are you doing with your life?