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Sarah Blanks

Riverside Girls High School

Elixir Vitae

Painting, oil on canvas

Inspired by the Romantic movement, sublime philosophy and personal experience, this work exhibits the ineffable and healing qualities of the natural world and the revealing repetition of this motif throughout art history. The influence of artist Caspar David Fredrick is present, replicating his evocation of an enigmatic mood and presenting human fragility in contrast to the sublime natural world. Employment of the senses, natural symbolic allegory and mythological allusion call to ideas of nourishment, human identity, rebirth and return. Finally, techniques of traditional Flemish painting were used to emphasize the repetitive, timeless and universal quality of these notions.

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