A few years ago I worked as a supervisor at a bookstore, and I had accumulated so many books I kept telling people one day I’d be found dead under a book avalanche and that that’s the way I’d like to go out.
I have a Bloodmilk tote bag illustrated by Aaron Horkey that says “Bury me Beneath Books” and has a little crow perched on a stack. I’ve never related to a statement more in my life, so I made a piece around what I envision when I see that statement. A dusty library, paper moths sprung from the tomes swarming around a shaft of light filtering in through the window, illuminating my final resting place among the tumbled pages.
To me, this piece serves as a reminder that though we have but one human life to live, we have the opportunity to live thousands through literature. Moths are a consistent motif in Jess’ jewelry designs and have become a fixture both in my wardrobe and heart through her writings and artist statements. I thought it only fitting they be the creature I added to this piece. I looked for the appropriate ones for about a year before I found these at Moth & Myth, and then it all came together.
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