The idea that nests and insects (butterflies) can figure the regeneration of life in a nature morte stems from this blog entry
and a search of vanitas + birds + nests
led to the work of Kimberly Witham https://www.kimberlywitham.com
From an interview: http://atlengthmag.com/tag/vanitas/
KW: I once heard an expression about artists—that their favorite pieces are the ones they are about to make. I can’t say I have favorites exactly, but there are images which continue to resonate with me – I find myself thinking – “wow, I made that?” I am still in the process of moving into my new home, but I do have a print of “On Ripeness and Rot #10 (raccoon)” ready to hang on the dining room wall. That photograph is an ode to Jan Weenix, a Dutch painter I love. The image expresses abundance and decay in equal measure. It reflects my current mind set well. I also have work by many other artists in my home. I have some of Sarah Sudhoff’s pieces (we traded years back). I also have a portrait of Francesca Woodman, and a really beautiful sculpture by a former classmate of mine, Petra Kralickova.
More names, more links…
Fanned out for display… grace notes.
And so for day 2054