My painting process begins with a friend awkwardly posing while draped in cloth and wearing a crown as I take photographs. The photographs are then taken into the computer and are manipulated. Figures are placed in strange settings, holding tons of cats, or being visited by cherubs holding magical forks. A scholar is distracted by her cell phone while trying to study by candle light, and the reclining figure is holding greasy food while being lit by the cold glow of a television. Canvases are stretched, and these images are translated into oil paintings.
The paintings are silly, and are an attempt to critique and satirize contemporary western society by utilizing the language of the extensive history of painting and its relationship to wealth and indulgence. They are painted in oil, not only for the medium’s physical characteristics but because of it’s historic implications it brings the concepts into a material form. My work is an anachronistic interpretation of the lifestyle of inhabitants in the Developed World, myself included. It fuses modern narratives and historical language in an attempt to talk about material wealth, alienation, technology, and meaningless abundance. Ultimately it is an attempt to question why despite all of our luxuries we are still left unsatisfied, detached, and consequently unhappy.
The reoccurring element in the paintings is the blanket. The blanket as an object is intimate in nature because of it’s proximity to our bodies yet surreal because it turns our bodies into ambiguous forms.
The blanket was made in Asia meant to be sold to a North American audience. The patterns themselves are done in a way that seemed influenced by european botanical illustrations but because of the blue and white monochrome, the patterns are reminiscent of east-asian porcelain. The blanket was made to be sold as “asian-like”- it is not a copy of traditional East-Asian porcelain but rather a simulacrum of it. In this ongoing series of paintings, I am working with broad themes of identity and the struggle with understanding my own.