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Cryptic Ornament

I created cutouts of natural objects that look like ornaments and arranged them to create a pattern that looks like a cycle. Each of the objects are placed on rubbings of grave stones. Evidently, the theme of this piece is life and death; each object is linked to this theme. In Japanese culture, the butterfly is a symbol of reincarnation; the raven is an omen symbolizing the arrival of death; and the dead rose and the heart are iconic symbols of life and death.

Size: 37"x 37"
Project Duration: 1 week
Completed: March 2009
Media: Paper and Charcoal Rubbings