Fausta Facciponte

The Dutch vanitas of the 17th C depict lavish arrangements of material goods on a table. Set against a dark background and the drama of a beam of light, decadent earthly pleasures of food, flora and fauna are precariously arranged to suggest the motion of decay and the passage of time. Wine glasses tip, fruit rots, flowers wilt, a candle flame dissipates, a fly rests on a wheel of cheese, and a lemon rind spirals over the edge of a table. They invite the viewer to feast and suggest the brevity of life.

Set against a dark ground with a seductive glow of light, The Deconstructed Still Life (2016) is in dialogue with the Dutch still life and engages the viewer into a contemporary vanitas. In contrast to the tight arrangement of the Dutch vanitas, the objects in the Deconstructed Still Life series occupy their own space as each object has been individually scanned. By keeping an untidy work surface on the scanner bed, dust, smudges, and scratches build and render a weak and fragile ground in the final image, suggesting that the objects are in flux. Using spoiled and broken objects such as a headless figurine, candy wrappers, chewed gum or a leftover bite of a sprinkle doughnut, the viewer is only offered the remains of what has been consumed. 

 

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Title: Antsy
Medium: Photograph
Size: 16 x 16 inches
Date: 2016

 

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Title: Erase Me
Medium: Photograph
Size: 16 x 16 inches
Date: 2016

 

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Title: Insomnia
Medium: Photograph
Size: 16 x 16 inches
Date: 2016

 

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Interior view of Museum of Czech China Contemporary Museum, 2017