In this series, I was seeking to capture my soul on the canvas as faithfully as possible. My motivation was to ask myself “How and what would you paint if you only had 24 hours to live?”.
The painting/collage design contained within the skull is whimsical and playful, consisting of expressive painting and mark making, stencilled shapes, snippets of automatic writing, and several small finely honed pencil drawings. I’ve always enjoyed the contrast between very free expressive mark making and tight, controlled work, and that’s all on display here.
The skull design itself evokes the aesthetic of old-fashioned woodcut prints and diagrams, such as those you might find in historical anatomical texts. It’s meant to heighten the sense that life is short, and that we should live every moment as fully as possible.