Vanitas Exhibition


Vanitas Exhibition

Nau Arts, Cheltenham, 2019

'Vanity of vanities, saith the Preacher, vanity of vanities, all is vanity' Ecclesiastes

An artwork which includes various symbolic objects designed to remind the viewer of their mortality and of the worthlessness of worldly goods and pleasures

The vanitas evolved from simple pictures of skulls and other symbols of death and transience frequently painted on the reverse sides of portraits during the late Renaissance.

This exhibition brings together two artists of different generations. Nev Oliv is an emerging talent, at just 10 years old, he combines his love of drawing and experimentation with the art of the tattoo. He produces raw, powerful symbols of the momento-mori. Alex Glen is an artist and researcher who spent 10 years in the London Fire Brigade. She explores the subject matter of mortality using socio-political references within the context of installation.

These two artists have challenged themselves to create an exhibition of their work that explores what it is to be human, from two very different points in life.

Selected works

Genesis, Fire Boots, Ethanol

Sanhedrin Trial, VR Film and headset, still images

Combining still images with a VR film these works highlight the trial that the government endorsed following the actions of the Fire Brigade during the Grenfell enquiry.