Vanitas

Traditionally, Vanitas are still life artworks, which includes various symbolic images designed to remind the viewer of their mortality and of the fleeting nature of worldly goods and pleasures. This ongoing series of prints and paintings explores this tradition through layered images, often obfuscating portraits taken from police surveillance footage.

Vanitas 8 (Mask)

Silkscreen with Chine-collé, on cotton rag paper 22 x 30 inches 2022 I began a series of prints during a residency at the Guttenberg Arts studio in New Jersey. The project began as an examination of stills from police surveillance films taken of gay men in public restrooms from 1960. I became interested how surveillance might be layered over with flowers, and still life scenes, introducing layers of decoration and protective camouflage, obfuscations that may be simultaneously an erasure, and a shield.

Print, Work on Paper

#work on paper

Vanitas 18

Silkscreen on cotton rag paper 22 x 30 inches 2022 In this composition as with all of the prints from this body of work, incorporates a bilateral split image, juxtaposing a figure(s) and flowers. In each case, the images are layered, blurred, and over-painted/printed, leading in some cases to an obliteration of the underlying image. The result may embody a beauty of form, while at the same time, the process embeds a process of metaphorical personal and visual erasure of the image and of the self. Here abstraction is the evolution of this obliteration, creating some new and acceptable veneer to face the world.

Print, Work on Paper

#art  #print  #work on paper

Vanitas 6 (Fig leaves)

Silkscreen with Chine-collé, on cotton rag paper 24 x 36 inches 2022 A further exploration of surveillance, and erasure led me to introduce a series of silhouettes based on drawing of fig leaves, a biblical reference to shame of ones nakedness. In this case, the fig leaves are not discreet, but dominate the figure obscuring the face and human form.

Print, Work on Paper

#art  #print  #work on paper

Tearoom 1

Drawing, print and oil pastel, wax, enamel, acrylic, and pencil on paper, 30x15 inches, 2021

Drawing, Print, Work on Paper

#painting  #work on paper

Tearoom 2

Drawing, print and oil pastel, wax, enamel, acrylic, and pencil on paper, 30x15 inches, 2021

Drawing, Print, Work on Paper

#work on paper

Tearoom 3

Drawing, print and oil pastel, wax, enamel, acrylic, and pencil on paper, 30x15 inches, 2021

Drawing, Print, Work on Paper

#work on paper