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Call for Artists: Memento Mori

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Date: Saturday, December 2, 2023
Time: 11:59 am

Visual artists are invited to submit their 2D original work for inclusion in “Memento Mori,” an exhibition that opens Wednesday, Jan. 24 at Fogartyville Community Media and Arts Center, 525 Kumquat Court and runs through March 3, 2024.

Memento mori, which means “remember, you must die” in Latin, is an artistic trope that serves as a reminder of the inevitability of death and the transitory nature of earthly pleasures.

In art history, a basic memento mori painting would be a portrait with a skull, but other symbols commonly found are hour glasses or clocks, extinguished or flickering candles, fruit and flowers. Closely related to memento mori is the vanitas still life. In addition to the symbols of mortality these may include musical instruments, wine and books.

The curators for the exhibition encourage artists to explore the theme of remembering death and treating time as a gift in whatever way speaks to them, their practice and their culture.

“Memento Mori” is part of Fogartyville’s ongoing Death Talk series, demystifying and enlightening conversations exploring mortality from diverse perspectives.

Sales of any artwork are split in the artist’s favor 70-30 with WSLR+Fogartyville, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

Artists should email jpegs of up to three works for consideration, along with contact information, website address and social media handles to: fogartyville@wslr.org

Deadline for submission is Friday, Dec. 22 at 11:59 p.m.

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