Crystal Castles | Andrew Wyeth

Song: "Char" - Crystal Castles (2016)

Art: "Christina's World" - Andrew Wyeth (1948)

As Halloween approaches, we may wonder why we willingly subject ourselves to morbid imagery relating to death and horror. It seems insane to celebrate the very thing that all of us living beings are most keen on avoiding at all costs. In fact, death’s pervasiveness in culture is ancient. The latin phrase, memento mori (“remember that you have to die”) can be found inscribed on works of art and tombstones dating back to medieval times. Art associated with this aesthetic aims to familiarize us with death and relinquish its terrifying power. Modern horror movies, Mexico’s Day of the Dead celebration, and medieval cadaver tombs that depict decaying corpses are examples of momento mori.

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