Couch Series

Ma and Pa's Couch

oil on paper

8" x 10"

2021

Untitled

oil on paper

8" x 10"

2022

Street Salad

oil on paper

8" x 10"

2022

The Rip

oil on paper

7" x 9"

2022

New work begun late 2021 as a further exploration on themes of waste, decay, flux and time. Some are interiors and some are exteriors, but without a focus on deep depth or horizon. The images are mostly snapshots taken on dSLR or iPhone while in transit; each moment embodies a fixation on objects that have deteriorated or are in a state of abandonment. The series began with a photo of my grandparents' early 20th century sofa which resides in my bedroom. Covered with debris, surrounded by synthetic clothing and plastic objects, it harbors a layer of dust beneath it. The cheap reupholstery job is fraying but the solid, grained-wood frame holds straight and true. Somehow light yet solid, it sits on a hundred-plus-year-old oak floor amidst a trove of bedroom detritus. 

After completing this initial work, the series expanded as I gathered similar imagery from my travels. Working small on primed Strathmore rag paper provided a quick means of engaging with these images, as well as the feeling of an impermanent scrap of trash. For years I've been tinkering with ways to infuse the idea of decay directly into the works, and although this isn't entirely a direct method it does suggest a sense of impermanence and delicateness in the media and edges.