Untitled (still life)
Clay bones

From the residency Blessed are the cracks (2009)

“The vanitas theme was developed as a moralization counterbalance, reminding humankind time and time again that the worldy experience of reality is nothing more than vapour, shadow, and smoke.”
(John B. Ravenal, 2000)

In Untitled (still-life), miniature clay bones present a contemporary mise en scène to embrace the bittersweet morals of the vanitas. With traditional Dutch still-life, death is shown as ordinary and domestic; quite different to this expression of mortality. The still-life present on these shelves holds humour and amusement, with the playful acts of the animated skeleton bones; pointing a finger towards the animation of mortality. The sombre vision of damaged, fragmented skeletons is eased by their mischievous behavior.


And so, in the words of Hirst,: “Art is the salt that the artist rubs into the wound”. I am the artist and you are my open wound in which I have to confront such common convictions. The artistic visions for 25 Stratford Grove pay respect to the Vanitas masters of the 17th Century; using still-life as their milieu to explore themes of transience, the ephemeral nature of beauty and the fragility of human life. This is a home like no other; populated with sentimental objects, nic nacs and memorabilia that lay bare the humans’ desire to hoard all that is and all that has been. The mortality of such matter cannot be denied. Hence, I intervene to create a visual meditation on life’s final destination.

My sincere love and respect goes to Carole for her warm welcome and support throughout the residency. A rare and admirable breed of woman whose heart stretches to embrace each and every one of us.
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Untitled (still life)
Clay bones

From the residency Blessed are the cracks (2009)

“The vanitas theme was developed as a moralization counterbalance, reminding humankind time and time again that the worldy experience of reality is nothing more than vapour, shadow, and smoke.”
(John B. Ravenal, 2000)

In Untitled (still-life), miniature clay bones present a contemporary mise en scène to embrace the bittersweet morals of the vanitas. With traditional Dutch still-life, death is shown as ordinary and domestic; quite different to this expression of mortality. The still-life present on these shelves holds humour and amusement, with the playful acts of the animated skeleton bones; pointing a finger towards the animation of mortality. The sombre vision of damaged, fragmented skeletons is eased by their mischievous behavior.


And so, in the words of Hirst,: “Art is the salt that the artist rubs into the wound”. I am the artist and you are my open wound in which I have to confront such common convictions. The artistic visions for 25 Stratford Grove pay respect to the Vanitas masters of the 17th Century; using still-life as their milieu to explore themes of transience, the ephemeral nature of beauty and the fragility of human life. This is a home like no other; populated with sentimental objects, nic nacs and memorabilia that lay bare the humans’ desire to hoard all that is and all that has been. The mortality of such matter cannot be denied. Hence, I intervene to create a visual meditation on life’s final destination.

My sincere love and respect goes to Carole for her warm welcome and support throughout the residency. A rare and admirable breed of woman whose heart stretches to embrace each and every one of us.
Ref:
Date:
Location:
Photographer: