Munich 2022

Tetiana Chrona & Volodymyr Yarmusevych

"Bug", pendant. Silver, gold-plated.    Photo: Courtesy of the artist.

Memento Mori

The Memento Mori jewelry collection was created in 2018.
We now see that it has been a distinct anticipation of the tremendous events we are living here and now in Ukraine. Our unconscious fears and worries turned into art; and then the war began.

Each piece of jewelry is hidden in a skull-shaped wooden box. And each piece of jewelry itself – either a bug or a flower – is marked with a skull. The skull is an emblem of death, but at the same time is a symbol of resistance to dying. The durability of bones towards decomposition and decay became a sign of vitality. The skull was regarded as the holder of the soul: the soul was thought to remain inside the skull after death.
The danger of death fuels our will to live, helps to open our souls, and makes us see the world more vividly. Death provokes the lust for life.

"Memento Mori" - video , 2018.