Painting Small Things
–Examining the Mundane
The Painting Small Things series combines the joy and compulsion I have for painting with a desire to do something with the growing collection of detritus that gravitates toward me on a daily basis. These found objects serve as a springboard for much of my art. The subject of the paintings is an examination of the mundane, and how the very act of observation can reinvest the discarded object with an altered and refreshed meaning.
The Painting Small Things series was done over about a year in 2006 and 2007 and evolved out of my own daily practice of painting. Produced in no more than three evenings by the easel, each of these works is a small statement concerning little things but with substantial implications. In a dizzying world of mass-market advertising flash and excess glamour they raise simple quintessential questions about our world. Questions such as, if you are a painter, what do you paint? Where do you start? Why paint at all? What is the painter’s role in the world?
For me, these works are meditative. They are about picking up the pieces of a crumbling world, and putting them back in order, albeit with a new organization that is organic and different from the pieces’ original use.