Vanitas

This is my bad photography of François Desportes's Urn of Flowers with Fruit and Hare at the NC Museum of Art. I learned about vanitas still lifes in the winter of 2012.  The museum had an exhibition of Still-Life Masterpieces: A Visual Feat from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.  I wasn't enthusiastic about the…

Death, be not proud

I think I have always had a curiosity about what people do at the end of life, their own and the lives of people they know.  Funeral rites, grieving, afterlife beliefs, all intrigue me. I remember being left in the car while my grandparents went to a funeral because they thought I was too young…

Obligations

In a post on Tumblr, Jennifer Palmer wrote: “You’re trying so hard to understand 9-11 that you’re missing the whole point: 9-11 is about not understanding. It’s about how real change has very little to do with so-called progress.” “But what if there’s a way to stop the next one?” I said, “What if we’re…

All is Vanitas

The North Carolina Museum of Art had a Still Life exhibition last winter and I learned a new word. It is vanitas. Vanitas "allude to the transience of life." They, frequently, have fruit (sometimes beginning to spoil), flowers (sometimes beginning to lose petals), butterflies, musical allusions, bones, time pieces.  Some were lavish bouquets of flowers…