From here into oblivion takes its title from a quote by Oscar Wilde: “The great events of life often leave one unmoved; they pass out of consciousness, and, when one thinks of them, become unreal. Even the scarlet flowers of passion seem to grow in the same meadow as the poppies of oblivion.”

But to get a full idea of what this work is about, you need the rest of the quote: “We reject the burden of their memory, and have anodynes against them. But the little things, the things of no moment, remain with us. In some tiny ivory cell the brain stores the most delicate, and the most fleeting impressions.”

© Stefan Vanthuyne, 16,5x23,5cm, 32 pages, edition of 300, Art Paper Editions

© Stefan Vanthuyne, 16,5×23,5cm, 32 pages, edition of 300, Art Paper Editions

In “From here into oblivion” the focus is on consciousness, on being aware of these things of no moment. Photographs of people – friends and family – that surround me, places and fragments where I just happen to be or pass through. In that sence it is about giving meaning to one’s personal environment. It is a naive attempt at defining one’s place in this world.

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Stefan Vanthuyne


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