Untitled, oil on wood, 32"x48", 2012
I referred to this painting as Specimen Table but it has now been christened, Untitled. I was kicking around the idea of Skull Skunk Flower Ammonite Shrimp Jar Feather Rabbit but thought that to be too wordy. Don't know how I feel about this one exactly. I think I killed it a bit - lost all of the freshness that was there in the beginning. It's a highly manipulated and sterile space which I find bland or cold or something but so is a table of once living beings that now act as objects. Untitled is just another bridge to attempt to mesh my idea of art and science.
This book is a thing of beauty and a major source of inspiration. It's goddamn delicious. The Discovery of Nature...could there be a more overwhelming and head spinning topic? Nature is the core of it all and wrapping my head around it and attempting to make art about it, even if it's tackling the tiniest branch, is wicked humbling.