The studio is full of props. I collect skulls, taxidermy, ribbons, fabric, vintage photos and paper ephemera. I create abstract pictures and portraits to add to the still life objects staged in the space.
My recent work features gouache paintings, primarily in miniature, that are pictures of pictures or salon images. These paintings are derived from a fascination with Vanitas still life, cabinets of curiosity, and paintings of paintings ranging from Matisse's Red Studio to David Teniers' depictions of the collection of Archduke Leopold. I am interested in how paintings retain their relevance by taking on ideas of death of painting or a kind of comedic curation-as-painting.
The portrait imagery in my recent work is derived from penny arcade cards, obscure pinups, and headshots of old Hollywood starlets and singers. I work directly from antique paper ephemera, which favors the meandering, homespun and gawky, kitschy patterns complement glazed-over glares and ham-fisted toothy grins. The portraits act like similar prim and pert statues in the staging of a static and darling memento mori.
The current salon pictures and some of the smaller abstract paintings/props exist as suggestions to myself for arrangements I would like to make in space.