Vanitas provide a moral justification for painting attractive objects.
Attractive GLOW IN THE DARK objects.
One can’t have an exhibition called Memento Mori without having a Vanitas, can they? There are a lot of things in that book.
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.
Another Spark 8 Response – the second of three. This is an oil painting on canvas. A Vanitas with old fruit. Oil on canvas, pen and ink, etc.