Haec Ab pulvis et ossa oblivioni traditæ mundus loquitur
'From the Dust and Bones, a forgotten world speaks.'
(a.k.a. 'Dust and Bones')
Metal / Mixed-Media / Assemblage piece which includes Human Bones (2021)
27” X 25” in.
Part Assemblage art piece, part sigil, part Memento mori, part ossuary. This piece, which incorporates human bones, CNC design work, elaborate object placement and rich textures, represents the current best that E.C. Brown Anomalies has to offer. More than half a year went into its making.
It was inspired by some of the great Ossuaries of Europe such as the Paris Catacombs, Sedlec Ossuary in Kutna Hora, Czechia and Santa Maria dell'Orazione e Morte in Rome, Italy.
Also highly influential on the making of this piece, was the work of H.R. Giger, which was studied intensely during this piece's design and creation, giving birth to some of the biomechanical elements that can be seen in the piece.
Through dust, decay and death, entire worlds, as they once existed in the minds of people who lived in them, are forgotten. And yet, pieces of them sometimes remain behind to speak to us, if we are capable of listening.
Horace wrote in his Odes “Pulvis et umbra sumus. (We are but dust and shadow)". The truth of this statement brings us straight to questions about our very existence and our own impermanence. But what Horace fails to mention is that shadows sometimes leave a curious imprint on the present and dust sometimes leaves a trail to untold truths.
Special thanks to @atomic_anatomy for the procurement of the bones, which were legally and ethically-sourced.