V A N I T A S
Vanitas explores themes concerning time, evolution, silence, the unknowable through the science of evolution, as well as the evolution of the still life genre. The objects in the larger works are carefully selected life forms that represent evolution and as in Vanitas paintings historically, time and the ephemeral are the central theme.
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 were mirrors, clocks, feathers, flowers and skulls amongst others. In Gilbart’s series the burning candle is a recurrent theme, forming a thread throughout the collection.