On the Road
A lot of the inspiration for these paintings came from road trips my husband and I take every year driving south towards New Orleans from New England. Road signs, billboards, car logos, roadside trash - all are fair game for paintings that search for formal beauty - if not meaning - in the mundane, ordinary, and unremarkable aspects of our environment.
"Fall of Man" 2015 - oil/linen 34" x 34" (on the diagonal) - I cogitated about the right image for this piece for years. Should it be one of those schematic, stick-like figures we see on warning cones on wet floors? Or perhaps a more naturalistic figure? I even drew up my own version only days before I saw the Goya retrospective this fall at the MFA Boston. Among the drawings and prints was "Crazy Skates," Goya's figure of a man on roller skates who has lost his balance and falls back. I took my notebook out and sketched him right then and there. I'd found my falling man. (And, yes, that is a banana peel he's slipped on.)