Inspired by seventeenth century Flemish still life painters of ‘Vanitas’ this three-screen installation explores ideas inevitability of death and the futility of worldly ambitions. The smoke in this installation becomes Memento Mori, reminding us not only of death but the essence of human existence and the fragility of the human body. The work takes its title from the first letter of the Hebrew alphabet, aleph meaning ‘ the beginning’ or‘ God has created ‘. Aleph - zero is also a term used by mathematicians to describe infinity.
This three-screened video installation shows a journey from beginning to end. The smoke, moves across the void of the screens, from one stick of incense, to another, and its transient quality, loops and spirals filling the space with a veil of scent.
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