In Separate and the other paintings in this series, I hoped to disturb the typically static arrangement of a still life. My objects, contrary to the implications embedded in the phrase ‘still life,’ seem to be trying to escape their surroundings; they are often in, or on the brink of, motion. The nesting of objects within bowls, plates, and cups as well as their unexpected physical elevation within their environment plays into this impending sense of movement. I like playing with the tension that separation can create.
|In painting still lives, I am painting relationships. Fraught, volatile, awkward, or joyful, my objects become characters in their narrative.|