The Vanitas Catalogue was made during the first months after the birth of Colwell’s son. The piece gives glimpses of early motherhood through objects, shadows, graphs, and text. The vanitas of the work’s title refers to the tradition of vanitas paintings of the 17th century which depict objects that symbolize mortality, life, pleasure, and the transience of our days.

Vanitas Catalogue, 2022

Series of three drawings.

Colored pencil, graphite, watercolor, acrylic paint, and digital print on paper.

46 x 61 cm