In Mother Time is Nothing in the Year of the Horse, Richard's art begins to explain, if in fact there is an explanation, his fascination with time. This recurring theme is almost always present in some form.
Time and death are always interconnected, as we can never escape either. But the questions remain, no matter how devout, what happens when our time ceases as we know it. When our time runs out and our clock stops. When we die.
The death mask, complete with coins, allows for the safe passage of Mother Time. The clock has stopped. Do we ever know when our time is? Is there ever a time? Is death even real?
Leonardo DaVinci said that, "As a well spent day brings happy sleep, so life well used brings happy death." But is death happy or unhappy? The more that life is lived, the more questions it should bring, not answers. Does the clock ever stop?