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Candle, Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Photography Award

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MacDonald, AL, Candle, Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Photography Award, Gold Coast Arts Centre, Gold Coast City Gallery, 3/5 (2016) [Repeat Exhibition]


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Abstract

Candle is a meditation on the ephemeral nature of life: the passage of time and the sense of loss experienced due to itsí passing. With each year in age represented by another candle on the cake, the birthday candle is a poignant indicator of the fleeting nature of time. In Christian traditions, the light emitted by candles is seen as a symbol of spiritual goodness as well as a reminder that lives burn out and a warning that we must seek redemption in the afterlife. Buddhists consider the burning candle as a sign of enlightenment, while the modern candlelight vigil is seen as a rite of hope. Vanitas still lifes of all periods include slowly burning, guttering or extinguished candles in their repertoire of emphatic warnings about death and the transience of earthly existence. The sugar coated cupcake and scattered candy in Candle reference Flemish, Dutch and German desert and confectionary still life paintings of the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Century. Candied sugar appeared in these sumptuous banquet scenes as a symbol of luxury and spiritual sweetness. In subsequent years there was however a change in attitude when it was discovered that sugar is addictive. Recently the aging effects of high sugar consumption have gained media attention, highlighting the irony that lifeís celebrations often center on sugary treats that subsequently hasten its passing. Photography is the perfect medium through which to investigate time. Still photographs not only stop time but also contain a realisation of loss in the fundamental sense that every photograph represents a past moment that is no longer.

Item Details

Item Type:Repeat Exhibition
Keywords:contemporary art, photo media, still life, consumption, childhood
Research Division:Studies in Creative Arts and Writing
Research Group:Visual Arts and Crafts
Research Field:Fine Arts (incl. Sculpture and Painting)
Objective Division:Cultural Understanding
Objective Group:Arts and Leisure
Objective Field:The Creative Arts (incl. Graphics and Craft)
Author:MacDonald, AL (Ms Anne MacDonald)
ID Code:112626
Year Published:2016
Deposited By:Office of the School of TCOTA
Deposited On:2016-11-18
Last Modified:2017-03-29
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