Dirk Staschke

Dirk Staschke’s work reinterprets Vanitas (“vanity”) still life paintings of 16th-century Northern Europe, which recognize the fleeting nature of life and question the futility of earthly pursuits and acquisitions. Using sculptural form instead of paint, Staschke employs a transgressive beauty that contradicts commonly held convictions about what makes something appealing. Playing on the human impulse to own and consume, his work uses symbols of longing to explore the complexities of human desire. His work has been included in the collections at The Birmingham Museum of Art, The Smithsonian, The International Museum of Ceramic Art, among others.

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