A candle flame flickers behind a two-way mirror, layered with reflections of the visitors and the surrounding space.
A recurring motif in the history of art and a popular vanitas symbol particularly in the baroque period, the candle is used to stage light and dark, representing faith, life and the individual soul as well as the ephemeral qualities of time.
Due to the entirely black surrounding, the flame is the focus of attention. Combined with the two-way mirror in front of it, flame and viewer merge into each other, encouraging visitors to reflect on the symbolism of a burning candle.
Material: Powder-coated aluminium, two-way mirror, powder-coated steel, candle
Dimensions: 100 x 100 x 11 cm
Exhibitions: Vanitas. Ewig ist eh nichts, Georg Kolbe Museum, Berlin, DE, 2014
Die Kerze, Museum Frieder Burda, Baden-Baden, DE