Found: Natura Morta

by Anna Marie Cooper July 02, 2014

Natura Morta is a photo series by Russian photographer Maria Ionova-Gribina that perfectly captures the sadness and beauty found in the tiny deaths that occur all around us. It lets us take a moment to appreciate the fragility found in the little animals that flit through our lives, and are so often quickly lost and forgotten. From the artist: 

I found these dead animals during bicycle rides to the sea in the summer. I wanted to find a way to save them for world of art. They were so unprotected… One or two days more and they would be eaten by worms.

I remembered my childhood. When I with my brother found a dead mole, bird or bug we buried them on the border of a forest. And we decorated the grave with flowers and stones. Why we did it that way? Probably it was a children’s curiosity, our first studies of mortality.

In this project I work with my childhood memories and with the subject of life and death. All animals died naturally or after accidents with cars. The flowers were gathered near dead animals and in my garden.

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