In her latest photographic project Claudia Rogge deals with opulent table settings, which show the classic vanitas still lifes in a new light. The topics of immortality and mortality, beauty and decay, desire and sin, which Rogge impressively discussed in her former cycle of photographs entitled Ever After, are also a strong part of the latest series called Lost in Paradise.
Being covered with different liquids and materials such as wax, liquid glass and gelatine, the still lifes are running through a process of permanent transformation in their shape and texture. The various stages of each still life are captured on camera, so that every motive is revealed in its pure form as well as in its metamorphose and final decay.
Using the medium of photography, the artist creates a real vanitas-banquet in a sort of photo collage, which is elaborately merged together of many fragments.