Ornately carved animal skulls celebrate life and purpose

Ornately carved animal skulls celebrate life and purpose

Jason Borders uses a morbid canvas for his sculptural work – real animal skulls. He carves ornate patterns into the skulls that reference maps or lace. They look similar to the celebratory Day of the Dead decorations and this make sense when considering Borders’ views on death.

“A large part of what I do involves a familiarization with death,” he says. “My belief is that, as painful as it can be, looking directly at death helps you to live your life with intent and purpose.”

It is eerie to think where these objects originated, living, breathing, animals on a mountainside. They now are celebrated and immortalized as decorative art objects – an unsuspecting homage to life.

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