Transforming Vanitas Painting (2013) is based on the 1630 oil on copper, ‘Dead Frog with Flies’ by Ambrosius Bosschaert the Younger. In the sequence the Carters underscore the original presentation of sensitive vanitas by directing the scene from the last few minutes of the creature’s life through to various stages of decay and ultimate decomposition. The viewer is always conscious that visually this is very much a painted frog.
Rob and Nick Carter
Transforming Vanitas Painting, 2013
after Ambrosius Bosschaert the Younger, Dead Frog with Flies, c.1630
3 hour looped film computer frame
24 × 19 × 31⁄2 in | 61 × 48 × 9 cm
Edition of 12 and 5 artists’ proofs