Light, Life and Time

Elahe Crockett's avatar Elahe Crockett

Within the swirling stream of life we study what we are. More than whimsical curiosity, countless generations working to keep the flame of life burning, it is our nature to love life. Here, a candle is reflected into an antique microscope. In the background is an illuminated field which is the view in the microscope; teeming with life about to burst forth in happy creation. In the foreground, life represented by a flower is threatened by time in the form of a watch hanging above the blossom from a DNA helix like a sword of Damocles. DNA, like a timepiece, contains code for how long the light of our lives will last. As the helix swirls upward it unravels in different directions; dark, beautiful, mysterious, all around us. The old doctor’s bag, stethoscope, syringe and injectable drugs remind us of the persistent work of the physician. Can you rewind the watch? Keep the candle burning a little longer...

Entry Details
  • Art form: 2-D
  • Depth: 1
  • Medium: Oil and 23k gold on canvas
  • Width: 2
  • Year created: 2011
  • Height: 3