Death is the universal language of all human beings but death is a taboo topic in many culture. Memento Mori is a project inspired to create a way of communication for one to reflect, to think, and to talk about death. By acknowledging death, we are learning how to live to our fullest potential.
2018 MassArt Graphic Design Senior Degree Project.
senior thesis · editorial · print
Death, in its biological definition, is the permanent cessation of all vital bodily functions - the end of life. However, death’s cultural definition varies in meaning, perspective and symbolism. As one of the certainties of human life, death has affected all of the world’s cultures. By examining certain attitudes towards death, we can see almost all aspects of that culture, such as its customs, religious beliefs, social hierarchy, and art.
Unfortunately, the modern world we live in denies death. We’re taught that death should be ignored, and as a result, these rituals are being forgotten. But we can learn a lot from practicing death rituals. While these practices are performed to pay respects to the deceased, they can also motivate the living to retain hope and inspire a new passion for life. Therefore we shouldn’t fear death so much because what death had taught us is more than dying and leaving, it is teaching us to appreciate life and learning it’s fullest possibility.
In Greek Mythology, the Moirai, or also known as the Fates in English, were the reincarnation of destiny. The three sisters, Clotho, Lachesis, and Atropos, determined and controlled the mother thread of life of every mortal from birth to death. Clotho spun, Lachesis measured, and Atropos cut; when the thread is cut, one dies.
Therefore, this mythology has inspired me to use thread as a medium to represent life symbolically. The book is sew and connected by thread, just like how our lives are being interacted and connected with many other people. Since the book is taking about death, thus the book begins with the ending of life, and which is why one cannot open until the thread wrapping around the book is being cut.