The Gentlest Mother
(part of a three channel video installation)
Running time: 2:05 min
In The Gentlest Mother, common still-life subjects are cast as active participants. A tabletop with carefully composed painterly objects – fruit, flowers and a skull – becomes a theatre stage set to an audio track of Emily Dickenson’s poem Nature the Gentlest Mother. Inspired by the vanitas tradition of still life painting, the objects in The Way of Things are carefully sculpted out of wire, painting tape and acrylic paint and utilize the formal tropes central to the cannon of still life painting. These objects however, are not merely suspended in a state of everlasting freshness, but are shown to decay and wither over time focusing on the fragility of beauty and the temporal nature of our existence.
-Harris Art Gallery Press Release