Vanitas

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Vanitas is Helen Gilbart's most recent body of works and continues prevailing themes on the evolution of life. In tandem with her explorations of scientific theory Gilbart has studied the evolution of the still life genre. The objects in the larger works are carefully selected symbols of evolution and as in Vanitas paintings time and the ephemeral are a constant theme.

Vanitas is a form of still life painting that developed in northern Europe in the late sixteenth century. Its' central theme focuses on the transience and frailty of life. With this in mind commonly portrayed symbols were mirrors, clocks, feathers, flowers and skulls amongst others. In Gilbart's series the burning candle is a recurrent theme, forming a thread throughout the collection.

2004 - 2010 Helen Gilbart