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

Star Birth, oil, diptyque 200/100cm,2014

Proto Matter II, oil on, 130/94cm, 2014

Bleue Vanity II, ink, acrylique and pigment on canvas Bordeaux collection, 2012

Blue Vanity, acrylic on canvas, 300m-150cm, 2009

proto Matter III, acrilic & oil, 300/160cm, 2014

Spectre, oil, acrylic & paper drawing collage

Blue Vanity - Art to Wear , haute couture dress, Eric Tibusch with a Alexandra Mas painting, Legend collection 2010 First piece of Art à Porter

Vanité aux jonquilles, haute couture dress by Eric Tibusch with a Alexandra Mas painting,

Bacchus, Plaster, iron, Swarovski elements, glass 20/20/15cm, 2014

Chimera, plaster, horn, vintage metal box and chains, vintage iron blades, 1997

Industrial Matrix, silicone, metal nails, vintage crown, plexiglas, 17/13cm Created from poor materials this sculpture represents by its elements the first step of men in the industrial era (the metal nail) Self crowned man with this fake jewel, the small purple base is what is left from his divine descent.

La Cupidité, Ob-art, gold foil skull & crystal elements

The Divine, porcelaine

I Love Art, ob-art, natural agates, gold foil skull & pin, Bayeux, France, collection

Thought Being II, resine, plexiglass, silicone, (30/37/30cm on a artisanal wood base, under a glass globe)

Thought Being I, resine, gold foil, sculpture (30/35/30cm on a artisanal wood base, under a glass globe)

A Tear to Humans, resine, hand made glass eye, Swarovski tear, industrial metal paint, natural size, presented under a hand made glass globe on a wood support.

Chronos, resine, metal, glass ob-art

la Parisienne, resine, metal

ink and oil on canvas 30/50cm, 2011 Parisian collection

Intellectual Vanity, oil on, diptych 46/55cm X 2, 2012