Artist Creates Skull Designs on Bookshelves
While London-based artist James Hopkins takes a different creative approach in Vanitas, his series proves itself an imaginative and resourceful way of making art.
Hopkins’ bookshelves—containing perfectly positioned objects such as candelabras, guitars, globes, clocks, books, speakers, plates, mirrors, and champagne glasses—make for seemingly effortless skull designs. The colors and textures created by each of the carefully considered and placed items harmonize each other as well as enhance the overall look of the representative bookshelves.
According to My Modern Met, Hopkins uses range and illusion in hopes that his audience would be able to visualize the skull designs portrayed via an array of arbitrary objects.
While the skull symbol can often be considered negative, morbid, and ghoulish, Hopkins maintains enthusiasm for his work and a positive frame of mind saying, “I don’t want people to think of these works as being negative or morbid—in fact, they should be read as a celebration of life.”
Even My Modern Met found Hopkins’ series inventive and agreeable saying, “It sounds crazy, but these symbols of morbidity are so incredibly original that they actually appear quite upbeat and approachable.”
Check out more photos of Hopkins’ work below. The Vanitas series includes works titled “Shelf Life,” “Wasted Youth,” “Design for Life,” “Prosperity & Decay,” “Consumption & Consequence,” “Black Still Life,” and “Last Days of the Sun.”
Photos courtesy of My Modern Met.