Mary Mazziotti

January 6 - February 18, 2017
John F. Lott Gallery

"Memento Mori"


Mary Mazziotti considers the subject of Death with wit and dry humor in her exhibit of hand-embroidered textiles. 

I make memento mori in a variety of media from embroidered textiles to full-sized billboards. The intent of the work is to encourage the viewer to be mindful of the ephemeral nature of life.

The genre of memento mori --- literally “remember you will die” --- is an old one, dating back at least to the Romans and reached its apotheosis with the sentimental melancholy of the Victorians. I believe Death is a notion still worth pondering, not as a tragedy but as an essential inevitability. Acknowledging Death can make for a more meaningful life.

Contemporary approaches are necessary to connect with today’s viewers who often find the traditional tropes of Death remind them more of Halloween than their own mortality. Notwithstanding the seriousness of the subject I try to infuse the message with more wit than morbidity.