New Work at The Arts Company, Nashville, TN
November- December, 2016
The following work is available at The Arts Company in Downtown Nashville (One bock up from the Ryman Auditorium). I've also got a five page article in the November Nashville Arts Magazine.
Humans do things that amaze, entertain, and occasionally horrify me. If I documented them literally, I would probably have constant censorship issues. What if, however, I used food as a stand in for humans? Not only would it be amusing, it could even be delicious! Over the years, I have had pears enact Inquisition scenes, impaled maraschino cherries on nails, and had donuts enact the seven deadly sins and various fertility rites. My recent work involves allegorical narratives, driven by historical wallpaper appearing behind iconic contemporary baked goods and candy. A classic, regal French design is paired with a partially devoured Black Forest cake and decomposing flowers, and then appears again behind a King Cake, which is disgorging it’s Mardi Gras beads. A classic French Pastoral Toile print in a decidedly non-traditional color looms above a stack of artificially colored Moon Pies and junk food. A classic Asian Toile peopled with Godzilla and his fellow movie monsters sits behind a vast array of candy that does not appear to come from the natural world.
Still Lifes, or Vanitas, which is the genre these works most closely fit in with, were originally domestic images containing items symbolic of life and death. The items in mine act out narratives.
|Past Freshness Date oil on canvas 4’ x 5’|
|Post Atomic Candy oil on canvas 36” x 36”|
|Crazy Cakes #1 oil on panel 30” x 30”|
Hot, Smeared and Melted oil on canvas
|The Loss of Virginity oil on canvas 36” x 48”|
Work on Wood
People 61, 62 charcoal, pastel pencil, metallic ink on plywood 47” H x 42”w
|Urban Transition 26” x 42” x 2” archival ink on 3 layers of wood, metal, plastic|