Deficit Omne Quod Nasciture - 3
This cabinet was my final second year university project. It has elements of both the wunderkammer and memento moris. I reconditioned the cabinet, originally a cigar humidor by fitting shelves and acid etching brass fittings and plaques. The bottles are genuine antiques filled with a variety of liquids, newspaper clippings, tablets, human teeth and many, many other things that represent the things people leave behind after they die. The books are a doctors manual and a genuine third edition of 'On the Origin of the Species' by Charles Darwin. The candles were also hand made and scented with a careful selection of aromatherapy oils to create a smell reminiscent of an apothecary shop. The drawer contains small medical curios, syringes and tubs and so on. Deficit Omne Quod Nasciture translates roughly to 'everything that is born will die.'
This project cost me a bloody fortune :)