Dies Irae


Current bid: €575.00


    Warrington studied Philosophy and Art at an advanced level, as well as Psychology, Environmental Science and English Language at an intermediate level. He has recently obtained a bachelor’s degree in Fine Art at MCAST Institute of Creative Arts.

    When it comes to his own art practices, Warrington looks to Ontology (the branch of metaphysics dealing with the nature of being) and Phenomenology (an approach that concentrates on the relationship of consciousness and the objects of direct experience) as a starting point for most of the works. Adopting a Socratic approach (the mindset of Socrates) in relation to how human beings interact with the world around them and with each other, particularly concerning the situation in Malta. His work also tends to portray an absurdist perception towards existential concepts as well as the inclusion of primal elements and behaviour.

  • Start date: November 15, 2021 8:00 am
  • End date: November 28, 2021 7:45 pm
  • Current bid : €575.00
  • Published: November 12, 2021 8:18 am
  • Modified: November 13, 2021 11:24 am


Artist: Isaac Warrington

Year: 2019

Medium: Mixed Media

Framed: No

Dimensions: 60cm x 90cm

Dies Irea (Latin for "The day of Wrath") This work pays homage to the cycle of death and rebirth - creation and destruction. It draws on several mythologies that place importance on the process of rebirth. In the Vedic mythology Agni, the two-headed Hindu God of Fire burns down the forests and the creatures that dwell within them. This cruel process paves the way for a newer stronger generation of trees that are strengthened by fertile ash. We once held an adoration and fear for the end times and for cataclysmic events, now it seems we no longer regard such an event as significant. Rather, we seem to fear environment-related destruction that may one day bring about our own. Perhaps we are the will of the universe exacting its will upon itself. Perhaps it is within the nature of man and woman to be self-destructive. Even now within our Maltese landscape, we witness the destruction of the old and the creation of the new. The work is made from several found objects and materials from construction sites and countrysides including but not limited to: Cement powder, pot soil, decayed prickly pear leaves. These materials are incorporated with paints and adhesives to create the visuals. We often think of the notion of "an end" as a rather negative one possibly because we have such a personal attachment to ourselves and our current state of living. When viewed from a neutral perspective the process of destruction is not only a necessary one but it might also be an incredible sight to witness. Overall, the work romanticises the impending end and how it serves as a great equaliser. While also serving as a memento mori of sorts.