Ornatus Mundi


Ever since I read Adolf Loos' essay "Ornament and Crime" I've been haunted by this question: "Does my love of ornament make me a criminal then?" His idea was revolutionary at the time when he wrote it and his arguments proved valid in many aspects, but still, I feel more aligned with the idea of "Ornatus mundi". It's a term from renaissance theology implying that the creation of plant and animal species was an act of decoration. I love it. Thank you Stephen Earp for pointing it out to me.

diameter 29 cm, mixed technique