LIVE PAINTING 17–27 APRIL
COMPLETED WORKS DISPLAYED FROM 27 APRIL
"Memento Mori" — Remember that you must die. While a vivid reminder of our own mortality, this Latin phrase is not intended to be morbid or inspire dread, but to help us confront our fear of death and remind us of the transient nature of life.
This concept has been reflected in art, philosophy, literature and architecture throughout history. As Socrates says in Plato’s Phaedo: “The one aim of those who practice philosophy in the proper manner is to practice for dying and death.” (64a)
In ancient Greek mythology our lives were imagined as a single thread, and the keepers of this thread, and arbiters of our inevitable fate, were personified as three sisters known as the Moirai. Clotho the ‘spinner’ spun a person’s thread at birth; Lachesis the ‘alloter’ measured the thread of life; and finally Atropos the ‘unturnable’ cut the thread, symbolising the end of life.
The inevitability of death provides the foundation for the Hellenic Museum’s latest contemporary art commission, Memento Mori, by UK-born and Sydney based painter and illustrator Steven Nuttall. Across three outdoor panels in the Museum forecourt, the Moirai ask all who pass by to pause and consider: are you really living?
MEET THE ARTIST
OX KING (STEVEN NUTTALL)
Memento Mori has been completed by Steven Nuttall, also known as Ox King. The UK-born, Sydney-based artist holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours) (2007) and has been exhibiting work and painting murals across Australia, Mexico and Japan for over ten years. He is an illustrator and painter, alternating his practice between the studio and large scale murals, exploring the natural world and history in a modern urban environment.
Memento Mori has been supported through the Melbourne City Revitalisation Fund, a partnership between the Victorian Government and the City of Melbourne.