PAINTING POSSIBILITIES (series)

For the series Painting Possibilities (2011-2017), I reimagined the painter’s canvas as a utilitarian device related to the everyday. Throughout the 20th century many predominantly male American artists of European descent used commercial and cultural appropriation to turn “things” into “art.” A major landmark of this era was the creation of Fountain from 1917 by French/American artist Marcel Duchamp. Exactly 100 years later, I respond to this lineage of art history by returning a modernist white monochromatic artwork back into a thing.

I am also inspired by hometown of Las Vegas, and its ability of being a “sign” and “place” simultaneously.