Current Location:
Raleigh J. Finkelstein Hall -> 2nd Floor (FINK)
Location Notes:
FINK; 2nd Floor; Across from the main stairwell; Left of Suite 203

Oh That We Could Shed Our Skin and Begin Again

Artwork
Identifier:
2018.10.1
Artist:
Beverly Adams
Credit:
GVSU Collection
Medium:
Oil on Linen
Date:
2017
Dimensions:
Artworks - Height: 16 in Width: 16 in
Description:
Oil on linen still life painting including a human skull, snake skin, a butterfly and a conch shell.
Historical Context:
"I envied the snake you see. That it could wriggle out of its skin and continue on its way, all shiny and beautiful in its newness. Leaving the old behind. As a woman of a certain age, I envied that ability." That's where this painting began, with the discovery of the snakeskin on the road in front of our house. I had also wanted to do a proper vanitas painting for a long time, and this was my chance. The skull had been with me for a dozen years. With the snakeskin and a butterfly I had found in the yard one day, everything fell into place, and the composition came together quickly. My theme was one of regeneration, rebirth, and resurrection." - Beverly Adams