graphite, charcoal, ink, acrylic ink, and oil on paper and canvas.
Vanitas: Terra, 2012
Oil on canvas, 7'x6.'
Vanitas—from the latin form of "vanity," which connotes "futility" rather than self-absorption according to the historical usage of the word—is a subgenre of still life paintings that often depicted symbols representing transience of life and the certainty of death. This painting makes a departure from the scope of a human lifespan to consider that which we might lose in the face of disruption of earth's ecological balance, re-contextualizing it within the framework of vanitas paintings.