Vanitas

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Vanitas (2014) explores transience by attempting to evade it. The work consists of a piece of wood meticulously carved and painted to resemble a fresh conker, presented with a collection of real conkers in various states of decay. Supposedly frozen in its pristine state, the conker is caught between birth and death; as a seed it should hold the potential for life, but in this artificial reincarnation its very material demands the death of the tree.