Historically, objects were passed down from one generation to another. Things were costly and represented sacrifice and investment, and the objects passed down were treasured due to that and value in the connection to our memories that they served. As thing became cheaper to make, and we grew into a society of “keeping up with the Jones’s” where having the latest and greatest became more valued than the old, these items have become more of a burden to many.
I am feeling a pull, temporary or not, away from exploring our connection with nature to our connection with the things we surround ourselves with. We used to be surrounded by nature, now we are more surrounded by things. Eventually, I would like to come up with a way to combine this, into a way of conveying that replacement and desire to return. Not sure how to do that visually, I am still working through it. In the meantime, I have been exploring collections of objects through drawing and watercolor.
Many of these works do not feel complete, they feel like sketches, working through an idea.
I set this still life up for my students to draw but upon further thought, I realized these objects are actually a collection that represent my children. The bowl the plant is in was given to me by my youngest son, the rose was a gift from my daughter and the coil pot was made by my older son.
Still Life with Plant
graphite pencil on paper