Photograph printed on watercolour paper, frame not included, 20 x 24 inches
This work was inspired by the Victorian obsession with photographing their dead. These images were referred to as 'memento mori' (Latin for 'remember that you must die'). Pennies were often placed on the eyes to keep them closed and in some ancient cultures they were given as payment or bribe for Charon, the ferryman, who conveyed souls across the river that divided the world of the living from the world of the dead. My image is framed in an elaborate gold frame.
About the artist
I have always been drawn towards documenting difference. Therefore my work, which vacillates between the genres of art and documentary has found it's focus within marginalised subcultures, exploring issues such as gender, sexuality, fetishism, body modification and disability. In 2003 I graduated from University of Westminster with a First Class Honours Degree in Photography. Examples of my work have been exhibited and published in the UK and overseas.