Skip to content

Ella Sanderson

Fort Street High School

Artwork title
Days of our still lives kit
HSC year
2012
ARTEXPRESS year
2013
Expressive form
Painting
Artist’s statement

In my work I explored the traditions and tropes of the classic vanitas style paintings through an amalgamation of art movements. Drawing on elements of cubist sculpture, traditional still-life symbols are depicted upon multiple flat forms, yet the technique I have used reflects the 16th-century practice of building up thin varnishes of paint to form realistic images. There is a certain level of irony aroused by combining vanitas symbols and sculptural cubist forms – cubism sought to destroy illusionist detail whereas the traditions of still life revolved around the realistic reproduction of objects imbued with symbolism.

Influencing artists: Jean-Baptiste-Simeon Chardin, Willem Claeszoon Heda, Harmen Steenwyck, Salvador Dali, Pablo Picasso