These circular paintings on gesso paper are from a series I did in 2013-2014, based on abstracted images of vintage toys. Because childhood is a universal experience and the impact from our early years stays with us throughout our lives, these objects carry with them an emotional charge. My attraction at the time to vintage toys stemmed from this idea.
Particularly choosing handmade sock toys as the basis of these images represented nostalgia for a simpler, less complicated time, reminding us of the things we know we are missing now because of our faster pace and new technologies. The abstracted shapes, colorful paint and animated style of the work have a contemporary feel, however, which reflect the excitement of the cultural expansion that these changes have brought us. These paintings are expressive of this very important and bittersweet contradiction of our time. Nostalgia for a simpler past while adapting to our current technologies and complications as they morph and change in the present.
Materials: oil paint on gesso paper
Size: 27 inches diameter
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