Saturday, May 12, 2012

Vanitas Vanitatum Omnia Vanitas (new )

Created as part of a commission for the Nucleus Gallery for the show Hollow Thoughts in june . please click here for further information .For a few years now I've been fascinated by artworks that are made of or incorporate real hair . I cant remember exactly when was the the first time I saw an artwork made of  it but ever since I have been reflecting in the possibility  to include hair in my own work ,so  for the past weeks I've been collecting my own hair to create this piece .

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Omnia Vanitas

Made with real human hair
gold ,acrylic and velvet encased
in a wooden cabinet

Vanitas Vanitatum, Omnia Vanitas “Vanity of vanities, all is vanity.”

The word vanitas is Latin, meaning "emptiness" and corresponds to the meaninglessness of earthly life and the transient nature of all things. Ecclesiastes 1:2 from the Bible is the source of this notion . Vanitas themes were common in medieval funerary art, with most surviving examples in sculpture . Paintings executed in the vanitas style are meant as a reminder of the transience of life, the futility of pleasure, and the certainty of death .

Vanitas Vanitatum