Vanitas (macabre) - A still life. A very, very still life. Simon Renard de St. André (1613 or 1614-1677) was a painter and copperplate engraver born in the 17th century in France. In his lifetime, he was regarded as a highly skilled portraitist.  He is remembered today for his vanitas paintings, which contain symbols that remind the viewer of the transcience of life and wealth.
TAMSIN VAN ESSEN, VANITAS VANITATUM VASE: "influenced from 17th century dutch vanitas paintings...using an etching tool to remove material from the slip cast porcelain forms and a sandblaster in its bisqued state, the decoration becomes part of the ceramic structure. during the last kiln firing, areas of the vases begin to peel"