MEMENTO MORI, installation view: Kunsthøgskolen i Oslo, National Academy of the Arts, Norway; 2013, Michael Kirk, all rights reserved


MEMENTO MORI, installation view: Kunsthøgskolen i Oslo, National Academy of the Arts, Norway; 2013, Michael Kirk, all rights reserved

 
  MEMENTO MORI, graphite polyptych, 120 panels, 2013, 130 x 156 inches; © 2016, Michael Kirk, all rights reserved


MEMENTO MORI, graphite polyptych, 120 panels, 2013, 130 x 156 inches; © 2016, Michael Kirk, all rights reserved

 
  A GATHERING OF DAYS, graphite polyptych, 64 panels, 2013, 104 x 104 inches; © 2016, Michael Kirk, all rights reserved


A GATHERING OF DAYS, graphite polyptych, 64 panels, 2013, 104 x 104 inches; © 2016, Michael Kirk, all rights reserved

 
These works began as small drawings of dried flowers. Scaling up an intimate drawing takes me beyond visual observation; other references emerge and inform the work. The pieces are drawn on delicate sheets of China clear bark, a lightweight paper used primarily for sumi ink. The largest are composed of 13 x 13 inch units. When assembled they reach 10 x 13 feet and 9 x 9 feet, respectively. The sections are stored in a handmade archival portfolio box constructed to house the collection. There are a number of smaller preliminary and related drawings. Currently, when the large pieces are displayed they are taped temporarily to the surface of the wall. They are not intended to remain there permanently; the transient nature of the form itself has meaning.
— MK
  MEMENTO MORI, detail; © 2016 Michael Kirk, all rights reserved


MEMENTO MORI, detail; © 2016 Michael Kirk, all rights reserved

 
  A GATHERING OF DAYS detail; © 2016, Michael Kirk, all rights reserved


A GATHERING OF DAYS detail; © 2016, Michael Kirk, all rights reserved

 
  Study for A GATHERING OF DAYS, graphite and tape, 2013, 8 x 8 inches; private collection; © 2016, Michael Kirk, all rights reserved


Study for A GATHERING OF DAYS, graphite and tape, 2013, 8 x 8 inches; private collection; © 2016, Michael Kirk, all rights reserved