Beautiful Trash

2008 – 2009

I am intrigued with the relationship that we have with the river – the interplay of the natural components of the river with the things we introduce into it, both the tangible and intangible. In seemingly untouched, pristine places I find traces of ourselves everywhere. I am drawn to distortions created by the river on objects and our own perceptions, ourselves, and the rivers themselves. I am motivated by the need to find the ways I am integrated within the greater landscape in which I find myself and to develop a sense of place, a sense of belonging. The Beautiful Trash series focuses on specific ‘incidents’ or place and object events.  By working in groupings of paintings, I can refer to change by incorporating the concept of time with the medium of painting. Each individual painting within a grouping represents a distinct point in time, but grouped with its counterparts, the paintings begin to tell the story not only of the physical shifting nature of light and water on a particular object in the river, but also the shifting nature of the focus of our own attention as we observe that object throughout a length of time.

Fenced In

Oil on Wood Panel, 17 in. x 18 1/2 in.

Organize Chaos

Oil on Wood Panel, 17 in. x 18 1/2 in.

Warped Perception

Oil on Wood Panel, 35 in. x 40 in.

Gridlock

Oil on Wood Panel, 30 in. x 33 in.

Ophelia

Oil on Wood Panel, 17 in. x 25 1/2 in.

Circle

Oil on Wood Panel, 17 in. x 18 1/2 in.

Tiered

Oil on Wood Panel, 17 in. x 25 1/2 in.

Containing Ephemera

Oil on Wood Panel, 20 in. x 30 in.

Dualities of the Mind and Other Things

Oil on Wood Panel, 20 in. x 30 in.

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