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A Tribute to Human Folly

Remnants of an Unjust War: Evidence of the folly of Mankind

Vanitas still life painters of the 16th and 17th century had a remarkable ability to capture the impermanence of life on canvas. They employed a host of iconic objects ranging from pensive skulls and snuffed candles to rotting food and fading flowers in order to compose vivid pictorial messages of remarkable complexity, eloquence, and beauty that speak of the brevity of life and profound futility of earthly existence.

In my latest collection of still life imagery, I follow in the footsteps of the great masters of the Baroque period and harness the ambiguous meaning of objects to compose satirical illustrations that not only evoke the fleeting qualities of time and the transience of life in general, but place particular emphasis on the absurdities of our fast-paced modern life.