Memento mori in The Ramp Gallery, October 17–November 3

What: Momento mori, photography by Jennifer & David Nicholson

When: October 17–November 3, 2012

Where: The Ramp Gallery, a community curated space at 934 Brannan St. (between 8th and 9th)

Memento mori is a Latin phrase that translates as “remember your mortality.” It originally referred to a genre of art created to remind the viewer that death is imminent and inescapable. Mortality, death and loss traverse all cultural boundaries, and the act of remembering and marking place is a universal experience. Visual imagery of death represents a diversity of attempts to come to terms with the disruption and discontinuity of life. Cemeteries are landscapes that reflect cultural practices and spiritual or religious beliefs concerning death and the meaning of life. These continually evolving landscapes mirror the cyclical transformation of life and death while expressing the sacred connection between humanity and nature.

In addition to photographing cemeteries, Jennifer Nicholson is an avid gardener, plant enthusiast and book artist. She and David Nicholson are passionate about art, nature and traveling. When faced with challenging or exciting life-decisions, two fundamental ideas influence their process: “life is short” and “you only live once.”

About The Ramp Gallery
The Ramp Gallery, a community curated space in the SOMArts lobby, accepts exhibition proposals on a continual basis. To view submission information as well as past exhibitions, please visit The Ramp Gallery page of our website hereTo purchase work on display or for more information email You can visit The Ramp gallery any time SOMArts Cultural Center is open.

Image above: Montparnasse Cemetary, Paris, 2007, by Jennifer & David Nicholson, archival inkjet print, 8 in. x 10 in.