Artist Statement

Artist Statement

Building stretchers for the first time.

Building stretchers for the first time.

 
 

In my work I paint a single, mass-produced object on a larger-than-life scale. When people look at my work, I want them to think about their own relationships with cheap decorative objects. I have never been very sentimental when it comes to objects like the ones that I paint, but through the process of painting I begin to get a glimpse of the attachment that others feel towards their things. I work with a square format and closely crop my subjects so that it often makes it difficult to identify the object, to emphasize a sense of emotion over a recognizable object. Abstraction, in this way, transforms the mass-produced into painting. I use bright synthetic colors to express the strong feelings people have about the objects in their lives. I apply these colors in a transparent layer to express my own openness to understanding how people feel about their objects. My parents work in fine china manufacturing, and most of my childhood was surrounded by small, beautiful, mass-produced objects as a result. Since the people in my life have always placed such importance on these trinkets, I have hoped to understand why they are important to so many people, and I am getting closer to figuring it out through my paintings.