The Aww


M.F.A. thesis, 2008, Anderson Gallery, Richmond, VA 

This series emphasizes various tropes of painting from Romantic landscapes to Abstract Expressionist “inscapes.” The seriousness of the images is both underscored and uprooted in the playful pairing of subject matter (the cat towers) and the way in which it is painted (the monumental). They sardonically hint at the sublime, and a utopian dream. The cat towers act as alters, and the glowing orb (actually a cat aura) acts as a sentinel within the void.