Still Life with Flowers in a Glass Vase

Still Life with Glass Vase

Still Life with Flowers in a Glass Vase, 2019

formed recyclable plastic on altered giclee print in found frame

20” x 17” x 6”

I gathered the plastic recyclables for each composition from our family’s household bin and manipulated them into floral forms that I composed in the tradition of the Dutch still life. Just as seventeenth- century Dutch floral paintings were produced in such numbers that they were an inexpensive alternative to purchasing the highly sought blooms of the burgeoning bulb industry, my contemporary plastic arrangements may have to serve as the alternative to the disappearing landscape caused by climate change and the over indulgences of an excessive society. They suggest a link between the present and something past that has been “passed down” to the next generation

I view my work as typifying the underrepresented, discarded, disregarded, and domestic by showing relationships between the historical and the contemporary and elude to the destructive patterns of human behavior that repeat themselves over time.