Deborah Griffin — Artist based in London, UK

MODERN PANIC VIII

“And Don’t Forget The Joker : momento mori to my late father who drank himself to death”. The piece references the tradition of momento mori still life portraiture from The Renaissance onwards and incorporates both multi-faceted personal iconography and universal symbolism. The bell jar on the right contains an earlier work from 2008: a death mask made from my father’s ashes and sits atop the holy trinity of vodka bottles. The infant’s shoe, my first, references one of his oft-used sayings as he rolled the dice…“new shoes for the baby”. The Sad Hour clock remains forever stuck at 11 – opening/closing time of English drinking establishments during his life.

“You either love it or hate it” (2016)