OLD JOKES & OTHER PUNNY GAGS

OLD JOKES, 2017

In this recent body of work, I pair slapstick humour with the serious task of building trompe l'oeil paintings over time. The act of cutting holes in my paintings for my arms is an aggressive gesture, and an afterthought, yet it is through these holes that I forcefully reveal my body in order to showcase objects I have made. Each cut painting is photographed several times with different poses and objects. My hands, the hands of the maker, are engaged both in the task of hiding and revealing, and the objects depicted are simultaneously both characters and abstract forms.