JUSTIN AUTUMN BOWLES
Vase of Flowers in a WindowDetail of Vase of Flowers in a WindowA 'Forest Floor' Still Life of FlowersDetail of A 'Forest Floor' Still Life of FlowersSummer Flowers in a Vase (Tony Hawk Beach Motel)detail of Summer Flowers in a Vase (Tony Hawk Beach Motel)
STILL LIFE
My series of work in process expands collage into the third dimension, using 17th century Dutch still life paintings as inspiration. These enduring, centuries-old paintings inspire my ephemeral and delicate sculptures. This juxtaposition places my work within the contemporary dialogue regarding disposable material culture. Still life paintings interest me because they lack a narrative or depiction of human interaction. The objects-and in my work, the materials used to depict those objects-are elevated as the subject, creating a “non-event” and an anti-linear space. The provenance of each object and scrap of paper I use is inherently important to me. I use these collected materials and screenprinted, patterned papers in my work in order to preserve them.