I was interviewing Raysa because she’s one-fourth of the Moriviví Collective, a group I first heard of some years ago, thanks to a controversial mural they made near a freeway in San Juan. They are four incredibly talented, young Puerto Rican women who create the most ethereal modern art I’ve ever seen – I also knew they went to the same visual arts high school as one of my best friends (Puerto Rico is a small island). I was intrigued by their art and story; however, when I asked Raysa if they meant for the collective to be constructed of just women, Raysa told me it had actually been purely coincidental.
Memento Mori: [Latin] - Remember That You Too Will Die // An expression that reflects the transient nature of life and the futility of our earthly vanities. Cultures around the world have embraced the idea. Despite the seemingly bleak interpretation, the phrase is also meant with a wry gallows humor.