Jordan Milburn

Everything under the sun is transient, it is all so brief and consequently meaning is difficult to grasp. Everything is ‘hebel’. This Hebrew term literally refers to ‘vapour’ or ‘mere breath’, and metaphorically to something that is fleeting or elusive. Considering this brevity and the use of ‘hebel’ in Ecclesiastes, a book of the Bible, I have become interested in contemporary distraction from life’s fleeting nature. The figures in my major work Hebel, are painted on plastic bags and appear to occupy themselves with vacant activity, ignoring their fading. The plastic bags contain fleeting breaths that whisper nuances of ‘hebel’ through the text. This is not despairing observation for there is more than the transience under the sun. There is hope that gives meaning to the breath we each hold.

Hebel (Medium: Acrylic on plastic bags. Dimensions: 29 x 30 cm)

Hebel (Medium: Acrylic on plastic bags. Dimensions: 29 x 30 cm)

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