Modern Memento Mori: Art by Julie Dives
Mixed media artist Julie Dives creates modern memento mori that combine modern sculpture and illustration with trophies of bygone centuries. Animals of all sorts are a common motif that runs through Julie’s portfolio website.
I really love the artist’s recent work in her Mementos series. Referencing hunting trophies, the artist creates convincing approximations of taxidermy animal heads – like foxes and bears – using various materials. Perhaps most interestingly, Julie forgoes the use of fur, instead creating each animal’s coat out of colored feathers. The resulting “trophies” are slightly off-kilter, uncanny valley approximations of the animals in question, realistic enough to force a closer examination.
Julie also works in wo-dimensional media such as printmaking and drawing. In these works, she tends to layer images of different objects, like Victorian medical illustrations and implements, or line-heavy drawings of birds and bones. Each image is a perfect blend of macabre and elegant.