The two central themes of my work are the Domestic and the Wild. These themes are embodied in my series on roadkill, which is presented through the rich and historically-loaded language of Still Life. My process involves finding the remains of animals that have been hit on the road and bringing them home. I set them up in compositions that both pay homage to, and satirize, 17th century Hunting Still Lifes. The still lifes, and portraits of animals on aristocratic laps, explore the long-standing confrontation between wildlife and an increasingly industrialized planet.
The inclusion of dolls and children’s toys in my paintings are used to symbolize nostalgia and the infantile. This creates a fascinating disparity between the two worlds forced together in an absurd union, they’re also a means of finding some humor in tragedy.