Porcelain skulls by Nino Sarabutra

Nino Sarabutra laid down 100,000 of hand made miniature porcelain skulls on the floor and asked art gallery visitors to walk on them. While treading on skulls they could deal with their own mortality.
She asked her family, friends, neighbors and students to help make the skulls. The handicraft is quite striking. Each skull has the same general shape and size,  but it is also clearly unique.

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The exhibition, titled “What Will You Leave Behind?“, also asked the gallery visitors to answer her question:

‘I want people to ask themselves how they live, what are they doing – if today was your last on earth, what will you leave behind?’

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Nino Sarabutra captured the visitors’ answers and projected them on the gallery’s wall and her website.

“I don’t see the skulls as images of fear or sadness. They are liberating: look at all the opportunities, all the lives you could live, how serious your life is. Then go out and make the most of it.” – She said.

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