Things: Sunshine Daydream
Sunshine Daydream (Dedicated to Jerry G.) is my most recent project. This project consists of large-scale colorful 30” x 40” and 20"x 30" digital prints on metallic paper. In Sunshine Daydream, I continue to photograph such 99 cents store finds as tinsel, fake fruit, a princess crown and plastic balls. Somehow, I find a real connection to these things; some in a concrete way (such as the princess crown) and others (like the tinsel) in a more abstract sense. This project also considers ideas related to the natural and artificial, high art/low art and to personal taste. My interest in pop art happened at a very young age. When I was about three, I went with my family to see a Pop Art survey show at MOMA in 1967. I can recall my parents pointing out a sculpture of French fries and a painting of a piece of cake. When I got back home to New Jersey, I painted a picture of a piece of cake with a cherry on top. I thought it was great that you could look at everything as art. I still believe this idea. Of course, now, I acknowledge the layers and complexities of meaning(s) that create Western culture on both a personal and larger field.The title of the project, Sunshine Daydream (Dedicated to Jerry G.), pays homage to one of my favorite Dead songs.