Inspired by the portraiture tradition, but working within the still life genre, I use the personal belongings of my subjects, rather than their faces or bodies, to explore the human experience. I call this body of work “portraits in absentia.” These paintings illuminate the inner essences of lives and of how they are lived, of families, of relationships. I paint my subjects’ possessions, rather than their faces, to bring a fresh vantage point from which to consider identity. With the perspective of a cultural anthropologist, I view the things with which we surround ourselves as both containing and revealing the shape of our lives.
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