still life: part 1
The term “still life” has its roots in the 16th century Dutch term stilleven to collectively describe paintings of everyday inanimate objects. The French called these paintings natures mortes and featured organic objects and household items. The subject matter was meant to reflect ideas associated with material decay and the impotence of worldly life.
Hundreds of years later these ideas are still being debated and with more urgency. As the world comes to a standstill to fight the novel coronavirus known as COVID-19, we have been given time to reflect on the fleeting nature of material and wealth accumulation and to remember we will all depart this world.