V A N I T A S I
The Vanitas I and II collections explore themes concerning time, evolution, silence, the unknowable, through the science of evolution and linking this to a specific still life genre. The objects in the large works in Vanitas I above are carefully selected life forms that Gilbart uses to represent specific aspects of evolution. As in Vanitas paintings art historically, time and the ephemeral are central themes.
See Gilbart’s Vanitas II collection.
Vanitas is a form of still life painting that developed in northern Europe in the late sixteenth century. Its’ central theme focuses on the transience and frailty of life. With this in mind commonly portrayed symbols included mirrors, clocks, feathers, flowers and skulls. In Gilbart’s series the burning candle seen in Vanitas II, is a recurrent theme, forming a thread throughout the collection.