still time collection
This 2019 series of paintings and collages aims to still time, slow it down, and celebrate an older-fashioned way of life. Rambling and imprecise in their compositions, the works are reminiscent of antique folk tapestries. The perspective is flattened, the realism stripped down, and the color playful—all to tell stories about the past. Like folk art, which is “for the people, by the people,” the artwork shares narratives about community, connection to the land, and patient cultivation. The time-intensive process of creating both the collages and the large-scale paintings in this series parallels the slower pace of life illustrated in the very works’ imagery—snapshots of an earlier era, when daily life for many people included harvesting the tomatoes, enjoying an idle hour by the pond, and tapping the sugar bush to collect sap for maple syrup.
The series gives homage to old tapestries particularly through the works’ carefully-selected color schemes. The delicate relationships between the hues mimic the murky, worn surface of an antique tapestry, whose imagery becomes hazier with age. In order to obscure the subjects’ realism while still telling a rich color story, I determined to use saturated colors that were high in chroma but whose tonal “gray values” were all nearly equivalent. As a result, there is extremely little variation between any light areas and dark areas within one piece. Snap a photo of the artwork in black and white, and it will look almost like a singular, monotonous wash of gray paint—any evidence of sunlight, shadow, and dimension has been practically removed. Because of such subtle differences in the tonal values, the works in the Still Time collection are full of forms that vibrate and hum shoulder to shoulder, playing a game with the viewer’s eyes as she tries to make sense of the hues before her.