Vanitas Inbetween The Soul and Soft Machine
- 9 x 12 inch Original Etching on Copper Plate – printed on Rives BFK archival paper.
- Available in Giclée Prints in 5×7, 8.5×11, and 16×20 inches matted in Red and Purple only.
- Original Etchings in 16×20 and 18×24 inches are currently available in Red and Purple, Black with Silver Ink and Custom
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- Vanitas “Inbetween the Soul and Soft Machine” Vanitas is apart of my ongoing Sacred Feminine Series.
Firstly this is a sister spin off piece of my “Tempus fugit, Vanitas Vita” piece. Vanitas is the tying theme between these two pieces. A vanitas is a symbolic work of art showing the transience of life, the futility of pleasure, and the certainty of death, often contrasting symbols of wealth and symbols of ephemerality and death.
The phenomenon of the “Out of Body Experience”. There is repeated sensations of floating or feeling separate from the body and accounts of being able to see themselves as if they were on the outside looking in. Moreover I used a figure holding up a “mirror of themselves” to represent consciousness looking back at their bodies as if they are separate from each other to express the out of body experience.
I wanted to demonstrate this in keeping the consciousness/soul separate from the body. As if the body is simply holding us together as shown in the hand grasping the mirror reflecting the face. I consider the face the center of our consciousness and identity. Therefore it is intriguing to think of the body as a ‘soft machine’ to our consciousness. But also to think of our consciousness or “souls” as separate from our physical bodies.
In conclusion perhaps consciousness is transient, separate and fluid. Furthermore I used classical vanitas motifs in the darkness of the cage of thebody, moth, dying flowers & serpent-like plants emerging from the head of the figure to represent the mystifying transience of life.
For more information on the mythology and historical origins of Vanitas Click Here