This new series is reminiscent of classical Dutch still life paintings, with their dark backgrounds and rich symbolism. Dead animals are arranged amongst florals, fruits, and tablewares. Some plants are ripe and vibrant while others, like the creatures, are beginning to wilt and decay – flowers fall limp and lose their color; an eggplant and pomegranate shrivel up in a bowl; squirrels, birds, and other beasts lie lifeless on the surface. In classic vanitas style, the artist states, “These paintings serve as both a celebration of beauty and a reminder of the inevitability of death.”
If you’re in the Boston area, you can see her work on display from now until July 26th.
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