In The Kitchen

Artist Statement

I regard my paintings of domestic scenes as visual poems that mark the brief, curious moments that punctuate the everyday. In the tradition of still life painting, my paintings arrest time for the sake of contemplating the transient nature of our lives. As Dennis Lee has observed in his exploration of Al Purdy’s poetry, “the everyday physical world can at times seem other-worldly, an alternate galaxy that is both utterly present and wholly transparent, a window into some ineffable dimension where [the individual] is at once lost and at home.” It is this kind of window that I attempt to realize with paint on canvas. Through the dystopia of the dirty dishes, I try to uncover the relationship of the object to the owner, giving it history, memory and life.  I attempt to dispel the home as a theatre set, designer project, or museum and make the home a place for the living.