I am 28 years of rough seas, a belly full of riggling tentacles and infant skulls, vitriol veined and vacant eyed, all spine and ribcage spitting pleura and nostrum back in your face.


New Jersey-based Filipino artist Gregory Halili creates incredible bas-relief carvings of human skulls on the mother of pearl interior of gold-lip and black-lip oyster shells collected from his native Philippines. After the delicate hand carving process is complete he then paints them with oils.

Halili’s beautiful memento mori will be on exhibition soon at Silverlens Galleries in Manila and Nancy Hoffman Gallery in New York.

Click here for a mesmerizing process video. Visit Halili’s acebook page for additional images.

[via Colossal and Junkculture]

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