With a nod to British artist Damien Hirst, and a riff on his famous work, For the Love of God, I have created my own Memento mori. My version features costume jewelry pearls affixed to a life-size plastic human skull. The Hirst version is a platinum cast of a human skull covered with over 8,000 flawless diamonds. Hirst hired a dentist to set the teeth taken from the original skull and a team of jewelers to set the diamonds. The asking price for the Hirst skull in 2007 was £50 million. Mine will be offered for considerably less.
Mixed media assemblage, 6.375 x 9 x 9 inches.