The Silence of the Animals series is taken from ideas of animism in the material environment. Specifically, it questions what degree of life is ascribed to a ‘still life’, a piece of life stilled and distilled into an artwork, and to what extent placing – or finding – a number of objects in arrangement creates them as a ‘life.’ By placing an old assortment of creature-shaped bath pearls into juxtaposition on a Tiffany box, this series looks at whether noise may be created from silent objects amassed inside a painting. There may be noise beyond the confines of the visual, and the series asks a viewer whether a sense of imposed silence is only imaginary, or whether we too are being shut off from hearing the animals due to confines of a painting.
A lighter painting than the previous two of the series, ‘All the way Down’ takes its title from the myth of the world resting on turtles, all the way down to infinity, often used in theories of infinite regress. The infinite regress of this painting being, as in those before, the question of who/what gives life to the objects in the scene, the picture explores the possibilities of changing colors in the reflective surface, to an even greater degree than the previous paintings, to a slight abstraction of the subject. The turtles are placed in a suggestion of swimming through the blue that is the water of their box, with one looking towards the viewer.
Oil on Canvas