Memento mori, ‘remember your mortality´ the dry, darkening, drooping leaves seem to sigh. The painting´s dark shades and thick layers of colour create a hushed, sombre atmosphere. Lenkkeri´s withered leaves and plants serve as reminders of the ultimate certainty for all living beings that joy and pleasure are momentary, life is fleeting and beauty fades. This relates to the classic vanitas still-life theme, which refers to the temporary nature of all material things. Lenkkeri´s works are infused with a ringing tension that overshadows human life, between sensory pleasures, beauty and vitality, and withdrawal, decay and death.