Alain K. Khadem

Media: Visual Digital

Vanitas still life painters of the 16th and 17th century had a remarkable ability to capture the impermanence of life on canvas. They employed a host of iconic objects ranging from pensive skulls and flickering candles to rotting fruit and fading flowers in order to compose vivid pictorial messages of remarkable complexity, eloquence and beauty that spoke of the profound futility of earthly existence. In my latest collection of still life imagery, I follow in the footsteps of great masters of the baroque period, harnessing the ambiguous meaning of objects and exploiting their semiotic value in order to compose elaborate visual riddles that not only evoke the fleeting qualities of time and the transience of life in general, but place the accent on the futility of modern life in particular.