Non Omnis Moriar

Stephanie Henderson's avatar Stephanie Henderson

My son was named after the Welsh poet Dylan Thomas. I love his poem, “And Death Shall Have No Dominion”, things not being as they seem, that there is an eternal energy or divine oneness and that we continue to live on as energy, death being transitional and not terminal. This piece is influenced by the Vanitas paintings of the 17th century. Vanitas paintings came about during Tulip Mania, a period in the Dutch Golden Age during which contract prices for bulbs of the recently introduced tulip reached extraordinarily high levels and then suddenly collapsed. It is generally considered the first recorded economic bubble. Most recently, journalists have compared it to the subprime mortgage crisis. The skull is the universal symbol of death, but also represents a life. It has roots in piracy and operates as comic relief. The painting references the festival Day of the Dead which celebrates the cycle of life and death.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 2-D
  • Depth:
  • Medium: Oil on canvas
  • Width: 48"
  • Year created: 2009
  • Height: 60"