Full Artist's statement
The term rhyparography refers to still life or genre painting, particularly of trivial - or even what could be thought of as unsavory - subject matter. Though this term can be considered pejorative, I am preoccupied with the challenge of portraying common or low subjects as images worthy of contemplation. My subject matter ranges from items with obvious visual and tactile pleasure, to substances that may be literal or figurative garbage. I present these items to explore a combination of subjectivity and the impersonal and mundane.
My current interests include the tradition of Vanitas still life, consumer culture, painting’s history, and the contrast of preciousness and disposability. These ideas are shaped by equal interest in classical painting and images from mass culture. I am most drawn to images that prompt a visceral response. I display materials that are akin to paint and canvas – cloth, tissue, products and food substances that stain. The viscosity of paint evokes the physicality of materials that can inspire joy or disgust. I hope to entice the viewer to reconsider the ordinary, or even tacky.