as you are reading my blog I assume that you know something about art but if this would not be the case, one basic thing at this point: “Vanitas” is a way of art mostly connected with still live. In a vanitas artwork the artist wants to depict evanescence of life by showing something dead in his painting like a dead flower or rotten food or some kind of an insect with negative associations like a dung beetle.
So far. Now I am writing about Alexander James today who copied the still lives of the renaissance with one decisive difference: He put the installation underwater!
There is a very extensive explanation of the meaning of his work and how it should be interpreted and what effect the water has one the installation and I would really entrust you to read that because I think he wrote it very well thought and with lots of information included which makes you see the paintings from a new perspective. Illuminating.
THANKS AND CREDS TO ALEXANDER JAMES/website: http://www.distilennui.com/#/homepage