Be Still Life
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Through my work, I examine the phenomenon of Americana through an interpretation of consumerism. My paintings appropriate commercial art in the form of logos, product packaging, and the things we throw away. What began as an initial questioning of traditional still life subject matter has translated into a narrative of an American collective consciousness through the specific products that we buy. My purpose is to explore the relationship between conspicuous and discrete consumerism and to immortalize the ephemeral.
My paintings are oil on stretched canvas. The use of a traditional palette and materials contrasts with my subject matter consisting of objects from everyday contemporary life.
I’m influenced by Renaissance paintings depicting vanitas still lifes. I’m also interested in artists who portray contemporary American culture such as Norman Rockwell and Eric Fischl. When viewing my work, I’d like the viewer to consider the correlation between who we are and what we buy. Do we purchase certain things in an attempt to convey a specific identity?