Intersection by Alexander James
The inspiration for many of James’ works is taken from a long artistic tradition of momento mori, highlighting the temporality and fragility of life for each of us. This is particularly evident in his Vanitas series directly influenced by the 17th century Dutch masters, and their way to express the inevitability of death in all things living. Revisiting the works of the 17th century Dutch Masters using period props, food and real insects including butterflies that he breeds himself. Each carefully staged underwater scene is created with subtle distortions of light & movement from the waters own wave energy to create a unique and painterly effect. The subjects appear as if to be floating in a black space that neither interferes nor disrupts the subject matter, the collaboration within this void offering a serene and dreamlike sensation.