Painting the Mundane
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After I finish working on a series of paintings, I often find myself drawn to an altogether different subject.
For the past few weeks, that subject has been what I’d call, the mundane. I’ve been choosing kitchen sinks, objects on my counter, bits of interiors… I love exploring this subject in paint. By choosing to paint a thing, it’s elevated, so when that thing is something as ordinary and uninteresting as a pill bottle or a door slightly ajar, our minds start telling us a story.
Even as I’m painting, I begin imagining stories about the scene or the object. I think by leaving figures out of it, the paintings are more open to interpretation.
For instance, in the painting of the door below, we could look at it any number of ways. Is the door being opened? Is it being closed? Why is the room dark? Is someone just getting up in the morning or is it a child’s doorway, slightly open so they can see the hall light? What details can we use as clues?