females   90" x 58"  pencil on paper      
Jill Scipione has been painstakingly
rendering individual human skulls from
vast museum collections and recording
information on their origins. The project is
in the midst of its fourth year and the
numbers of the dead and the collections of
their bones increase without limit.  The
work she is accomplishing, the drawings,
do not view the skulls as symbols of death,
but as people who lived. The final result is
an image of a person.

As she states “They are images of skulls
from various geographical locations,
historical periods and cultures. Some of
the cultures are considered to be "extinct"
cultures. None of the bones represent
"named" individuals. What is known of the
people is known only through their
remains. Some are so completely
separated from their original context that
the skull is the only thing left on earth that
speaks of that person's existence.  The
skull and the bones of a human being are
more than artifacts. They are both part of a
person and not the person.
A living person is not separate from their
body. Yet, a person is not solely a body. A
person is both material and immaterial. A
body inevitably leads to suffering”