painted on a rough-textured, gessoed, hand-stretched canvas. covered with a transparent matte finish to prevent fading and chipping.
the poem on the skull’s forehead is a poem by Emily Dickenson; reading:
Ah, necromancy sweet!
Ah, wizard erudite!
Teach me the skill,
That I instil the pain,
surgeons assauge in vain,
Nor herb of all the plain,
This painting is my symbolic interpretation of it.