The image of the skull looms large in all cultures as a memento mori and represents each and every
one of us. Andy Warhol even referred to his skull prints as universal portraits.
This reminder of the finite nature of life, however, isn’t always a sombre affair. In places such as
Mexico the sugar skulls that helped to inspire this piece celebrate death as a natural part of the life
cycle by adding a playful riot of colour to the Day of the Dead festival.
The butterfly motif builds on this as a symbol of new life and transformation. The lotus flower, with its nod to the philosophy of the East, cements this idea.