This series is based upon the Western tradition of vanitas painting, the 17th century Dutch still life genre which reminds us of the transience of life.  The series is a vehicle for reflections on women and aging. The paintings are overlaid wih painted texts and inlaid with brass plaques.  The painted texts consist of fragmented thoughts about female body image, and the brass plaques are engraved with proverbs - humorous, and not so humorous, examples of received "truths" about aging.  

Combining image and text, the paintings critique our culture's valorization of youth by linking notions of beauty and gender with the devaluation and fear of aging.  The painted texts serve as a screen over the lush still life images, denying the viewer the seductive beauty of the oil paintings; the viewer, as voyeur, is frustrated.