"Seven Simple Machines" Oil on Canvas
four panels total size 12"x 48"
I am a storyteller, an exhibitionist, and an observer of one small slice of the human condition. In these works, I continue to look at the various issues of parenthood; the passage of time, points of conflict and the chaos of the everyday. In each of these paintings there was a kernel of reality, with some carefully staged fantasy.
Yes, these kids are mine (or sometimes their friends) but at ages both younger and older and engaged in all kinds of mischief they really only thought about.
While subject matter and word play is the point of departure, composition is the glue that holds each work together. The multiple frame format allows me to suggest time, sequence and movement. The compositions are designed to push or lead your eye around. Colors are carefully chosen to separate or unite each set of frames. The space depicted is not infinite, it is often shallow, and suggestive of the snapshot. I try to imply a sense of a specific place, including objects that hint at the locale.
It is with all of these elements that I can tell a good story.
Anne Simpkins, 2012
05/04/22, 03:16 pm
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