My ongoing project, De bekende wereld (The Known World), is an exploration of contemporary life in America and our complex relationship with the people, spaces, and objects that constitute it. Echoing the aesthetic of Dutch master painting, these images ask viewers to look again at the overlooked, and to reconsider their impressions of the modern world.
The great Dutch master painters used visual beauty, emotional directness, light effects, and naturalism to elevate the everyday. By using their genres and styles as a lens to take a fresh look at the details of our everyday, we are able to both appreciate and question our contemporary culture. The visual language of classic paintings also adds a sense of timelessness that incorporates our 21st century context into a larger continuum.
Portrait of Rahima Wachuku
Still Life with Real Fake and Dyed Flowers
Woman in the Kitchen
Made in China
Dan Sanders, Consultant
Vitrine (Macaw) #2
White Flowers with Cyan, Purple, & Green Dye
After Balthasar van der Ast (Still Life with Shells and Creatures)
Still Life with Trophy & Duck Sauce
Blossoms of Silk and Polyester #2
Boy with CZ