The studio is full of props. I collect skulls, taxidermy, ribbons, fabric, vintage photographs and paper ephemera. I organize these objects and stage compositions.
I create abstract pictures and portraits, large and small, to add to the still life objects staged in space. My recent work features both acrylic prop-paintings and miniature gouache paintings informed by the arrangements of these props.
The miniature gouache paintings depict pictures of pictures or salon images. These pictures are derived from a fascination with Vanitas still life, cabinets of curiosity, and paintings of paintings ranging from Matisse's Red Studio to David Teniers' depictions of the collection of Archduke Leopold of Austria. I am interested in how paintings retain their relevance by taking on ideas of death of painting or a kind of comedic curation-as-painting.
The prop paintings are primarily abstract, though some are awkward genre pictures, ham-fisted portraits and sometimes landscapes. Many of the props are contorted love letters to different forms of picture making from Pattern and Decoration painting to Russian Constructivism to Abstract Expressionism. I confront the doubt so prevalent in painting by channeling the narrative content of my work through a distended process of accumulating not only imagery but multiple surfaces and frames within the one composition.
The portrait imagery in my recent work is derived from penny arcade cards, obscure pinups, and headshots of old Hollywood starlets and singers. I work directly from antique paper ephemera, which favors the meandering, homespun and gawky, kitschy patterns complementing the glazed-over glares and toothy grins. The portraits act as similar prim and pert statues in the staging of a static and darling memento mori.
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