These works explore issues surrounding perception, memory, and the construction of reality. The work, which at first glance appears to be a studio photograph, is a digital fabrication in which high-resolution scans of individual objects have been painstakingly fused into a virtual space. The labour-intensive process is conceptually significant to the artist in the way its obsessive nature and deceptive output mirrors a society bombarded by false narratives and consumed by the quest for an unattainable perfectionism. 

Vanitas – Magnolia grandiflora Seed Pods, 2020 
Giclée Print, 850 x 850 mm, AP, Edition of 5

Archival Mount & Frame + GST

Content, compositional devices and aesthetic choices directly reference 17th century Flemish and Dutch Vanitas paintings. In those works, arrangements of valuable and highly symbolic objects conveyed the worldliness, prosperity and, to those who understood the language, the piousness of the patron. The 17th century was a time of great material wealth in Northern Europe and the Vanitas painting served cross purposes for the nobility and upwardly mobile merchant class. Ostensibly they acted as memento mori, reminders of human vanity, mortality, and the need for redemption, stressing that worldly possessions, pleasures, and achievements were worthless when one was confronted with death. Ironically, in their skilled depictions of precious objects, they were themselves objects of pleasure—status symbols whose success was dependent on their aesthetic artistry, technical virtuosity, and coded iconography. 

 Atomic Vanitas – Opera Coat, Shells, Flora [Entiwetok Atoll], 2021
Artist Proof, Giclée Print, 1540 x 740mm
Mounted and Framed [with protective laminate surface]


Lynn Hurst was born in Denver, Colorado and moved to New Zealand in 1993. She lives and works in Whanganui.


  • 2018 National Arts Award Finalist, NZ.
  • US National Endowment for the Arts, Visual Artist Fellowship
  • US National Endowment for the Arts/Cultural Arts Council of Houston
  • Artist’s Fellowship Ford Foundation Grant
  • Pratt Institute Graduate Fellowship

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