|Vanitas With Vaporizer by Polly Jones|
Hello and Happy Halloween to you! I think this ones done. It pretty much wore me out. 30" by 40" used to not seem so large until I got on this spate of small paintings. I plan on putting it in the annual Center for Contemporary Art fundraiser auction that will open on November 7th.
Here's a pretty interesting link to the term Vanitas in Wickepedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vanitas
I like this theme because it conveniently combines my love for still life subject matter with a desire to keep in mind the fleeting quality of life. The blue sage flower shows a transition of bloom down the stem, from fresh to old and withered. I believe the good here on earth is just a pale hint of what's to come in the next life. So in keeping with this I have used some of my vintage papers from The Golden Encyclopedia that include an Egyptian mummy and also a (kind of cartoon like) chart of how to butcher a pig. I used the old green vaporizer tub to paint because of how it looks and also because I love the idea of ephemeral vapor. I've heard that the use in Ecclesiastes of the word "vanity" can be interpreted as "breath."