Vanity (Death and the Maiden)


[...] FRANEK's artistic representation of the subject, music and text is a contemporary one. In our early iconography, Death is a skeleton or ‘old bone man’ and based on traditional vanitas representations. Here, however, he has become a cyborg: half-human, half-machine. The maiden, dressed in contemporary clothes, with flounces and boots, represents the common fear of death [...]

“Vanity says Kohelet, vanity, vanity, it’s all vanity. What advantage does man have from all his work?Which he does under the sun (while earthbound)?”

Stephanie Borrmann: FRANEK Windhauch (Vanity). In: Städtische Kunstsammlungen Salzgitter (ed.): Salon Salder 2018 Transit. News from Lower Saxony Studios. Salzgitter 2018, pp. 12-15 (abridged text)

W Windhauch I Img 1687
W Windhauch Ii Img 1686
W Windhauch Iii Img 1685

wisp of wind, wisp of wind, Kohelet said, wisp of wind, wisp of wind, all is wisp of wind

W Windhauch Iv Img 1689
W Windhauch V Img 1688