Milk & Butter, 2013
Acrylic on canvas
each canvas is 170 x 170 cm (67 x 67 inches)
An exploration of duality and transformation are central themes when an unexpected collision can cause something simple to be changed into something complex and entirely different. Milk & Butter, for example, takes the mundane, often mindless gestures of spreading butter on toast and spilling milk on the kitchen floor creating two mirror images that first seem to connect closely with each other. But the textures of the paintings express completely opposite states the flat fluid form of natural milk (or cream) and the thick sculptural shape of the same substance after it has been whipped into synthetic butter. Pairs of simple forms like these can reveal and embrace contradiction and show us how we can be both grounded in and disconnected from our own experiences.