Memento Mori

2016 - ongoing

“A Memento Mori ('remember that you must die') is a symbolic reminder of the inevitability of life and death. Ceramic casting in traditional plaster molds, creates erosion in the plaster. The acid in the clay slowly breaks down the plaster, weakening the mold and  deteriorating it, thus making the dialogue between the two materials their ''Swan song''.

In this project, I took inspiration from the natural processes of growth and decay and found a parallel line between the process of ceramic casting and growth and decay of organic beings.
Experimenting with different ways of creating “erosion” or "wilting" processes in plaster molds through hand manipulation.

The starting point of the process is an archtype shape or a geometrical shape, gradually, a material is taken off from the mold changing the shape until the mold can’t “take it” anymore and breaks. Each shape can be cast but as the mold erode the former shape can’t be reproduced ever again. While working with the mold, a dialogue between the material and the creator begins. The maker comes with an idea of what she wants to have as a result, but the materials have their own qualities and "wants", the final object is a collaboration between the physical and the mind and acts as a "photograph" of a moment in time.

 © 2019 by Shahar Livne. All rights reserved.

All projects, information, texts, and images are protected by copyrights  international laws and belong solely to Shahar Livne Design.

*Any unauthorized copying will be subjected to legal actions.

Shahar Livne
Atelier for Bespoke Conceptual Material Based Design