Still Life with Flowers with Imposed Presence

Still Life with Flowers with Imposed Presence

Still Life with Flowers with Imposed Presence, 2019

heated and formed recyclable plastic foliage on altered giclee print in found frame

48” x 38” x 8”

I make direct reference to historical still life paintings that traditionally reference the fleeting nature of existence and the passage of time but use a material that will remain long past the lifetime of any given viewer. The chaotic and overflowing arrangements confront us with the reality of American habits of resource consumption and the consequences that arise from our consumeristic quest for objects. We are a value-centered society and so I use a sense of irony to question those preconceptions and labels. Is it art or craft, is it treasure or trash, beautiful or offensive?

I was inspired after touring a Venetian glass studio and witnessing the traditions passed from generation to generation. I chose recyclable plastics as a marker for what we are passing on to our next generation and form each individual flower with the same intensity I witnessed. The process pushes the limits of the material and notions of cultural value while affirming studio craft labor, and the role of the artist’s hand in the production of these works.