Imitation-Classification-Construction: Vessels of Vanitas and the Changing Meaning of Ornament

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  • Imitation-Classification-Construction: Vessels of Vanitas and the Changing Meaning of Ornament

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  • This text analyses the ornamental engravings of Rococo, Art Forms of Nature by Ernst Haeckel, and the digital paintings of Robert Lettner. Together, they create forms, applications and methods of the ornament as contemporary catalyst reflected in the artwork Vessels of Vanitas. The following observations of the works, their differences and similarities, allow a speculation on emerging synergies between method, media and context of the ornament and what each can learn from the other. All these works and objects were brought together in one exhibition, constructing the guiding principle of a Wunderkammer. As a result, a better understanding of the multi-layered concept of ornament as a naturalistic imitation, a classification tool, and as an algorithmically generated construct has been achieved.

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