Vanitas

Leila Lowfire

(Brevity and the ephemeral nature of life)

Vanitas themes were common in medieval funerary art, with most surviving examples in sculpture. By the 15th century these could be extremely morbid and explicit, reflecting an increased obsession with death and decay also seen in the Ars moriendi, the Danse Macabre, and the overlapping motif of the Memento mori. From the Renaissance such motifs gradually became more indirect and, as the still-life genre became popular, found a home there. Paintings executed in the vanitas style were meant to remind viewers of the transience of life, the futility of pleasure, and the certainty of death.

Size: 30 x 30 x 100 cm
Medium: Sugar & Resin
Date: 2016
Series: Fanta, Cherry, Strawberry, Raspberry, Blackberry, Blueberry, Cola, Apple, Licorice, Passionfruit, Lemon, Glacier Ice, Peppermint, Spearmint, Cranberry, Kiwi, Peach, Watermelon
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Strawberry

Blackberry

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