The tradition of landscape painting is not a new activity. However, these days our surroundings are augmented by the textures, and colors, of modern infrastructure, and single-use goods. Including the detail views of the found still lifes, most of my recent works are landscape paintings. I have also called them littered landscapes, and have finally dubbed them the Ubiquitous Product Placement series.
Growing up in the 80's and 90's, part of a generation, in the United States, raised by and on television, it was impossible to escape the onslaught of marketing, for all kinds of products that we didn't know, yet, we wanted or needed. It created a new kind of hunger in us, and a cycle of consumption. This series deals with a later stage of the marketing/consumption cycle, an abundance of waste. There's a scene in The Pervert's Guide to Ideology (2012) dir. Sophie Fiennes, where Philosopher Slavoj Zizek discusses these ideas. He says:
"Let's have a drink of Coke (he drinks). It's getting warm. It's no longer the real Coke, and that's the problem. You know, this passage from sublime to excremental."
Painting these scenes is also transformative. In these works, I've chosen to depict scenes that are often forgotten immediately. Except, now they're made to last a while longer having been painted. By doing so, I've made these discarded items and experiences into objects meant for display. In turn, looking at the paintings provides an opportunity for the audience to slow down their thinking. By allowing viewers to be present, they may go on to have a refreshed awareness of their own similar experiences; If this is what we are doing to our home, what are we doing to each other?
Because it has produced some of the most striking images from our throw-away moments, I draw inspiration from the moving pictures of cinema. In this spirit, I gather subject material by scouting my environment.