Paintings > Depth of Field Statement
This body of work consists of photographs that are digitally printed on canvas, and then are painted upon. At first blush, they are photos of paintings that have been painted over with thick, impasto paint. Upon closer viewing, the background images are actually painted in a tromp l’oeil manner to appear to be in the background of the space, but are actually on the surface of the canvas. These background images are predominately from the Portland Museum of Art, in Portland, ME, and specifically of works from the Goldfarb Collection of 19thcentury American paintings. The invocation of this space is a way of activating the material quality of these works, and the space they share with the viewer, in an effort to collapse the distance between the creators and the audience.