Monday, June 13, 2011

sneak Peak/New Print!

time for another sneak peak! 
The show is getting closer, and the guys at 1xrun are helping to promote the show by releasing a print of one of the pieces from the show.

"Memento Mori"
24x36 
oil on canvas



"Memento Mori" is an old saying, basically meaning "remember your mortality"

The 2 tall figures in black are "Plague Doctors". 
This was a typical way they would dress, completely covered (understandable of course).
But the most fascinating part is the masks they would wear. 
The "beak" served as a vessel for scented substances, like amber, mint leaves, cloves, rose petals and myrrh. 
They  thought this would protect them from "Miasmatic bad air", which was a theory that certain diseases where being spread through the air. 
I also read somewhere that they would wear red goggles to ward off evil, Im not sure if thats true, but its all very interesting.
The hat was part of symbolizing their profession, and the sticks were used so they didnt have to touch the patient.

so being fascinated by all this, they made my list of inspiration.
The girl in the piece dosent represent a plague victim, I just like the juxtaposition of a sweet little girl with these 2 tall    shadowing figures, like life and death.
 In my head I feel like they are her friends. 

so this piece will be released as a print through 1xrun on July 4th.
And the original will be available at the show on July 9th @ 323east

3 comments:

Eve Noir said...

Luv it. Excited to see it in person next month! :)

Audrey Pongracz said...

Thanks Eve! I really hope you can make it <3

mezo said...

Your work is stunning and frankly amazing !
Thank you for sharing all of your amazing talent
Saying your a role model is an understatement :)
And hopefully you'll continue having shows so when I can legally drive I'll get to see some of your beautiful work up close.
Thank you so much