Vanitas vanitatum omnia vanitas
This classical subject that inspires artists since centuries, is literally meaning "lightness". The Vanitas are here to remind our fragility and fast passage on earth. "Memento Mori" is telling us Alexandra Mas. Present in her Art-to-Wear work, in some rare paintings and beautifully done small sculptures it is a very intimate theme for her. Symbolised by the human skull, by withered flowers, rotten fruits, by clepsydras or watches, even musical sound and instruments, the fast passage of life is a theme that celebrates life and human emotions.

 

Both her themes, dancers and vanitas, face to face, give us a rather epicurean understanding; the artist is reminding that life is beautiful but too short to concentrate on useless, earthly goods. 

"L’artiste  nous plonge dans une introspection profonde de notre société actuelle (…) Ses vanités conservent l’idée originale: confronter l’être humain à l’inéluctable fin de son existence. Mais les compositions picturales ou sculpturales d’Alexandra Mas sont remarquables car délibérément tournées vers l’énergie de la vie, cette Proto-Matière. Ses vanités souriantes sont comme un pied de nez à l’issue finale"

 

"The artist is immersing us in this profound introspection of our society. Her Vanitas maintain the original idea: confront men to the ineluctable end of his existence. Alexandra Mas’ pictorial or sculptural compositions are remarkable because they wilfully turn towards life’s energy, this Proto-Matter.

Her smiling vanitas snub the final outcome"                 Jean Deulceux, art critic & historian

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