The Latin noun meaning “emptiness”, thus refering in this context to the view of fleeting earthly life and the worthless nature of all earthly goods and pursuits.”
I have always been intrigued by the Vanitas style of art. These still-life paintings always seem to induce a gloomy contemplation of life and death, reminding the viewer of their own finite nature. 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. I’m not usually fixated on death and gloom (nope!) but every once in a while I like to capture these deeper and darker emotions in the name of art. As most of you know, my goal for this year was to extend my artistic reach by doing regular personal projects, and Vanitas is right up there with the “out there” attempts! So for this month’s creative endeavor, I called up my beautiful friend Sarah, rented a studio, and bought some fruit.
Throughout these images you will notice various objects. Each of these items has a specific meaning, whether it be youth, wealth, or death and decay. Rather than explaining exhaustively, I will leave it to you to determine what these objects attempt to convey. 🙂 Good luck!
Throughout the process of designing this collection, I have been further convinced of a basic truth: Life IS vain and meaningless… IF THIS LIFE IS ALL THERE IS. Let those words ring in your ears… turn them over and taste them. Sometimes we need to be reminded of the fleetingness of life in order to grasp the beauty of eternity. I feel sorry for the many Vanitas artists who attempted to paint their despair through dead flowers and skulls. Surely it must be true, that when this life is your hope, then it quickly becomes hopeless. And as I pay homage to this style, I am reminded of my exceedingly BRILLIANT hope! The God who became a finite Man that I might experience a blissful eternity.
So I hope you enjoy these images, and that they cause you a moments pause and consideration. May it remind you of our hopelessness without CHRIST, and that now, even the little delights become drenched in heavenly PURPOSE!
Without further ado, please enjoy, Vanitas