Mango Corner is another still life on paper in the early grad school series of paintings. Taken with the pattern of the cloth, I wanted to make it flatter and more decorative than my naturalistic observational training encouraged. The crowding of the objects in a corner gave me the challenge and the opportunity to deal with the space around it as a whole, and try to make it work as an independent entity.
|In painting still lives, I am painting relationships. Fraught, volatile, awkward, or joyful, my objects become characters in their narrative.|