The mayfly has long been a symbol of the brevity of Life. As the adult fly lives about one week, it has the odd need to shed its new adult skin into another, forcing them to be still in what can be poetically likened to contemplation. The mayflies in this piece have been drawn on each page of Stephen Hawking's book, "A Brief History of Time", a popular book that endeavoured to explain the age and mysteries of the universe. The two together juxtapose humanity's ability to deny the brevity of our personal existence while contemplating infinity. Created during the decline of my father's health from pancreatic cancer, I was faced with the reality of how short our time is in this world and how jarring that realisation was with my everyday belief in personal and societal continuity.