The image of a skull is timeless, a permanent reminder of our own impermanence, and has been covered in art since times began. In the early Renaissance a skull would be kept on the desk as an ornament along with the phrase “Memento Mori” (“Remember you will die.”) and the same obsession has remained until today when we are casting them from platinum and encrusting them with over eight thousand diamonds. One artist, however, has taken it upon himself to undertake a three year long quest to explore our fascination with the humble cranium, everything it is, does and makes us feel.
Mistress of skulls and Queen of exploding neon death-crystals, Vexta, recently painted this wall in Sydney’s infamous Hibernian House. Check it:
Video by Oliver Heath.
More of Vexta’s work here.