Vanitas I - Giclée Art Prints
A high-quality print produced on thick, matte paper.
The Giclée printing process results in stunning images, full of exquisite and luxurious detail. With seven dye-based inks (which offer a vast range of colors), this process retains even the finest elements of a given artwork. Since my photographs incorporate ample darkness and shadow, Giclée printing ensures that even the smallest details are captured, while offering a lower price point than an exhibition-quality fine art print.
Giclee Prints are Archival - 100 years, 200 in dark storage.
I have been working on this for about a year. It’s based on a painting, “Vanitas Still Life” oil on copper by Jan Van Kessel the Elder, dating back to 1665/1670. Swipe to see the painting.
I have seen countless classical still life paintings, vanitas, Memento Mori, and they all influence me. I study them daily. But what struck me about this one, was the balance.
Between life and death, dark and light. A skull and an hourglass running out remind you that you will someday die. A crown of wheat perhaps references the harvest, a common end of life theme.
But all around this grim symbolism is life - pink flowers, various insects, and bubbles. It was such a fantastic contrast that I was instantly enamored. This painting represents to me, how I see myself.
I create what most would argue is “dark art” - with heavy, often macabre themes. Yet I use colorful flowers as my main language. Furthermore, I express myself darkly through art but I myself…. am not strange an unusual, à la Lydia Deetz.
I spent about 20 years in the goth scene so I have regularly worn my share of dark fashion, but the more I started to get my darkness out through art, the less I wanted to present myself in that way. Still love the music and a little dress up for goth night is always in order though!
I usually dress in black here so that my fashion is less visible than my art, but if you saw me in my town on the street, you’d be hard pressed to pick me out from any other suburban mom. Personality-wise, I am bubbly, friendly, kind, bright-hearted. A bit of a departure from my art full of skulls and shadow.
I have spoken about this duality before and I’m proud that I can contain facets and contradictions. I wanted to make this piece for any other person who feels the same as I do - like a beautiful bright spring flower, planted in grave dirt ❤️