Paintings on Canvas
With roots in the tradition of still life painting and influenced by Pop Art’s emphasis on mundane cultural objects as subject matter, my depictions of domestic interior spaces present a framework on which to explore the tension that exists within the liminal area between abstraction and representation.
Rendering an object as it exists in the physical world relies on the creation of the illusion of depth within the picture plane, while abstraction focuses on the surface of the flat picture plane, on which the physical act of painting is recorded. I employ both of these approaches to image making within based on my belief that both philosophies are equally valid.
Influenced by painters including Andrew Wyeth, Richard Diebenkorn, Peter Doig and Wayne Thiebaud, I aim to explore histories in 20th century painting through the depiction of common household objects. The familiar subject matter orients the viewer to the space, while the chaos of the paint buildup invites the viewer to create their own narrative for what is happening in the scene.