Oil on canvas.
See more about this specific DNA-Candle Vanitas at my site, The Flying Trilobite
Here are some details about this series:
Here is what I said in my first post about this series of images:
painting is an old tradition, especially popular in the Northern
Renaissance. Usually, it is a still life, depicting perhaps a skull, a
broken watch, a candle just snuffed out with the smoke trailing in the
air, a book half-read, a tipped over water glass....Pieter Claesz,
trained by Franz Hals, is one of my favourite masters of this art style.
image is one of mortality, with a kind of knock-you-over-the-head
symbolism. The message intended is a kind of carpe diem, or "seize the
After reading about how telomeres may play a part in the
aging process, and that their ends snip off when they replicate, I
started coming up with the DNA Candle image. I remember reading
something in the 90's that suggested if one could extend telomeres, one
may be able to stave off death. The candle melting and the telomere
shortening just seemed a natural image. I used DNA as a wick since it
is more readily recognisable by most people.
So the ultimate
message of the DNA Candle Vanitas is one of seize the day, life is
beautiful but finite. The candles are lit and glowing, a loving image
and the wax has melted together in union.