There are two sets of paintings here which are connected by my long-time interest and love of historical decorative patterns and a dramatic sense of light.
This set of work, oil paintings of paper airplanes and cardboard boxes, play with the positive and negative space – the background is equal to the foreground or subject, and so the eye dances around the image.
These paintings have evolved from my earlier still-life work with every-day objects; an effort to elevate the mundane.
I have been toying with images of paper airplanes for years. Only now do I see them as a metaphor for the iconic airplane image of sending a message digitally.
The second set of work displays my interest in niches, antique botanical prints, and in re-purposing materials. I searched for, and found, mostly Mexican antique or vintage wood Nichos, which traditionally contained religious images.
The format of a niche provides an intimate space giving its subject an air of importance. These salvaged Nichos, which no longer had any image, became an elaborate frame for my new botanical images; fictionalized plants which found their origin in antique Dutch botanical prints.
I have reinvented them with my patterns and images. I also added antique and salvaged escutcheons – because of the private feeling of a niche, keyhole covers seem visually and metaphorically appropriate.