Erica Stephens: Southern Vanitas

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At this one night event, artist Erica Stephens invites the community into the Safe Room to participate in the creation of their own autobiographical still life composition in the vein of Dutch Vanitas paintings from the 1600s.

The Vanitas tradition is one in which objects in a still life are composed so as to symbolically represent the futility and fleeting nature of earthly life. Traditional Vanitas symbols include skulls, fruit, flowers, bubbles, timepieces, candles, books, and objects of personal meaning.

Guests are invited to bring with them an object of personal and sentimental value to place in their Vanitas compositions. Other objects for their still life will be provided on a wall of shelves that people may choose from. Each Vanitas composition will be a unique reflection of its composer.

Instant photos will be taken of each composition and displayed on the wall for the remainder of the show. Guests may acquire a copy of their still life for themselves for $5.

New oil paintings from the artist will also be on display. Vanitas compositions from this one night event will be used for a future series of paintings by the artist.
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By: The Safe Room at the Texas Theatre

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