Vanitas

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This is a series of still-life self-portraits, starkly examining femininity, fertility, work, and finances, as I approach middle age.
The series mixes the allegorical language of renaissance ‘Vanitas’ paintings with contemporary items. Classic vanitas objects exploring the brevity of life, the futility of pleasure, decay, death, luxury, and gluttony, exist in counterpoint with dildos, plastic dolls, dutch caps, condoms, etc.
The effect is unsettling, but whimsical as well as moving.

© 2022 Anna Berry Photography