Still Life Paintings
Since 2006 I have been painting images of fruit as a way to explore ideas about the inner world of desire, longing, and infatuation. I have always felt that infatuation contains an element of spiritual, as it is a yearning for something greater, something beyond ourselves. Infatuation usually is about the way someone else makes us feel. We catch a glimmer of some ideal version of ourselves reflected in the beloved. The object of our affection is really serving as a sort of mirror, so that we can fall in love with our higher selves.
Growing up, I constantly had crushes. I was taught that divine love is perfect, and that human love is naturally flawed. The way in which our minds can romanticize and idealize a certain exchange, or significant moment fascinates me. Only in the vacuum of our minds can such perfection exist in a perpetual state. My paintings immortalize fleeting moments through the allegory of fruit.