Vanitas Art Tempus Fugit, Vanitas Vita
- 9 x 12 inch Original Etching on Copper Plate – printed on Rives BFK archival paper.
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- “Tempus Fugit, Vanitas Vita” Vanitas Art is apart of my ongoing Sacred Feminine Series
“Near-death experiences still a phenomenon that continues to mystify science and spirituality alike. It bridges the mutual exclusivity of life and death. I used mathematical equations around the halo, a clock to touch on engineering, gross anatomy of the “soft machine” of the human body in the figure and skull for the sciences. Most importantly I used classical “Vanitas” motifs and symbols in the art of making this piece.
Law of the conservation of Energy
One of the three equations I used in the equations around the “halo” of the piece was the “Law of the conservation of Energy”. This theory states that energy cannot be created or destroyed. If we think of “energy” and “consciousness” as one entity in this case, in near-death experiences our consciousness cannot be ‘created’ or ‘destroyed’. Our consciousness are simply transferred from one plain to the next and are in limbo in the near-death experience.
Schrodinger’s equation and Heisenberg’s equation
The next equation I used was Schrodinger’s equation and Heisenberg’s equation. In short both touch on the theory of observation which states that our observation of something always effect the outcome. In many human accounts of near-death experience there are patterns of light tunnels, out of body experiences, etc.
Another pattern is seeing “god” in the shape of that particular person’s religion. We can account for the science behind these common themes. These which states that every person who experience the same phenomenon, but since each account is particular to each person’s identity or beliefs the phenomenon shifts to meet that particular person’s observation. For example which encompasses the theory that our observation changes the outcome of everything we witness.
Of course lastly, Schrodinger’s equation is loosely based off of this and furthers this in his famous “Schrodinger’s cat’ experiment. To explain if we cannot observe something, it is both alive and dead, which in turn relates back to the near death experience.
Science vs Spirituality
I shaped these scientific equations in a “halo” shape around the figure head to represent the science behind the “spirituality” of the near-death experience. In the “art” portion of making this piece I used classical ‘vanitas’ motifs to express the transient nature of life. I used a classical clock which is crumpling and disappearing with the time. This expresses which the figure is “running out of time” in the near death experience. Dying flowers spring from her hair, and encompass around her in a funerary display.
For once things that bloomed, cannot last. Moths fly away from the time running out for moths and rust destroy in their wake. Lastly, the figure is alive. Yet we see the ghost of her anatomy and skull which is the universal symbol of death. The near-death experience is a moment between life and death yet she is still much alive over her body and they are simultaneously presented.
In conclusion even though very few of us experience a near-death experience. In the end we all universally experience life and death.
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