Vanity, a precursor to one of the seven deadly sins (Pride), is represented here in this fancy tin (thanks to my buddy Jenn Schiffer). The phrase Omnia Vanitas (“All is Vanity”) reminds us of  the “ultimate fruitlessness of humankind’s efforts in this world,” or perhaps more generously, the impermanence of our physical existence. Perhaps even more fruitless is the efforts put into digital existence.  This diorama sums up quite a few ideas in a simple way; several types of vanities, a vanitas, and the symbolism of vanity itself. It starts the anthropomorphizing the seven deadly sins.  Also, I had to remove 3/4 of the bristles in a brush to paint the devils eyes.

A Chorus of Grackles

While rushing around last weekend, I came across a neighborhood yard sale. I found three eggs cravistans (including this one).  This is the second diorama in this series, and the first theater of several that I’m working on.  This theater hosts The Society of Exclusive Grackles and fits inside the egg. The Grackles shown have assembled to get information and to make a plan.

The audience is listening.


A quick WIP, which is a study for something else.

As a kid, I never understood the purpose of these contraptions (that is to say, these cravistans). This fellow [the egg man] is also from my childhood and is trying to explain it.

He, and his egg shapes, recur.