Accessorizing the Air

 

Accessorizing the Air (2019)

Accessorizing the Air is a series of paintings based off of a 2006 article in the New York Times of the same title written by Penelope Green. In the article, Green speaks about our obsession to control the air around us, specifically when it comes to scent through the use of scented oils, diffusers, candles, and various other potpourri. I have used this article as a jumping off point for creating small scale collages; combining images of, for example, salt lamps, chem-trails, air diffusers, flowers, and candles. The process of collage allows me to piece together these things in ways which hopefully force us to re-examine how the air around us holds both visually tangible things like scent and light, as well as less visually tangible things like thought and feeling. While creating these collages, I try to choose imagery which would be exciting to translate into paintings; taking much consideration into how their edges might either meld together, or sit crisp next to one another. In opposition to the theme of accessorizing, I have consciously left areas of the canvas blank. I have taken a fair amount of care in maintaining the whiteness of these spaces. It is my hope that their careful cleanliness act as reservoirs for reflection. Punctuating the gallery walls, are paintings of hummingbirds, hovering in the air, acting as both witnesses and participants to the surrounding work. 


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“Accessorizing the Air (Smoke Stack)”

Oil on canvas

68 x 38 in

2019

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“Accessorizing the Air (Diffuser)”

Oil on canvas

68 x 38 in

2019

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“Accessorizing the Air (Salt Lamp)”

Oil on canvas

68 x 38 in

2019

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“The Messengers (Orange)”

Oil on canvas

36 x 24 in

2019

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“The Messengers (Red)”

Oil on canvas

48 x 36 in

2019

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“The Messengers (Blue)”

Oil on canvas

36 x 36 in

2019

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“The Messengers (Grey)”

Oil on canvas

24 x 24 in

2019