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Accidental Encounter, oil on canvas (detail)

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Accidental Encounters

I am fascinated by the idea of creating still lifes that are not so still. Inspired by diverse interests such as chaos theory, poetics and gravity, I paint objects falling through space. In My Accidental Encounter series, I reinvent my concept of an orderly painting, along with my ideal of an orderly world.

By using a reflective vase, I also combine still (or not so still) life with figures and interiors. The still life becomes a self-portrait in my studio, revealed in detail on the surface of the vase. I include antique and ethnic toys that represent joy and abandon. They suggest another time and place.

I travel whenever I can, collecting objects and toys that I will later paint. In my work, these objects evoke stories and memories that are personal and universal. I invite the viewer to join me as we create an “accidental encounter” between our individual aesthetics and those of other cultures.

To create this series of oils, I use a glazing technique that allows light to permeate through layers of transparent color. This method lends depth and luminosity to my paintings, which often take many months to complete.

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