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death, text, billboard, humor

Artwork Type

Other 2D Work, Temporary

Memento Mori


Mary Mazziotti


Commissioning Entity Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
ADA Services Memento Mori is located in a pedestrian alley. When a show is loaded into the Benedum, work is sometimes blocked by trucks.
Memento Mori is a series of billboards reminding the viewer that life can be short and its end unpredictable. 
The four obituaries attest that the banalities of life continue after death. And poor Bobo is caught in an endless loop 
from which there is no escaping Mr. Death.
Description provided by Mazziotti.
Mary M. Mazziotti is a Pittsburgh-based artist whose work often explores the the theme of "memento mori".
Mining sources as varied as cartoon characters, Elvis impersonators, paper dolls and opera divas, her focus 
leans more towards wit than morbidity in an effort to create work that will resonate with contemporary viewers.