The central theme in my work is the interplay between the Domestic and the Wild. This theme is embodied by my series on roadkill, which is presented through the rich and historically-loaded language of Still Life. The paintings have evolved to both emulate and satirize 17th century Hunting Still Lifes, using the roadkill in place of game animals. These works re-invent tropes used by the Flemish masters and give them a contemporary, political, and environmental perspective.
The inclusion of dolls and children’s toys in my roadkill paintings are used to symbolize nostalgia and the infantile. This creates a fascinating disparity between the two worlds, and also serves as a means of finding humor in tragedy through the inherent absurdity of the comparison. Similarly, other works in the series satirize aristocratic portraiture. In these paintings, the dead animals take the place of privileged lap-dogs on the knees of patricians. These paintings also explore and question the role of wildlife in an increasingly industrialized society, and the place for them in what’s been now termed by some as a ‘Post-Natural Age’.