Garden of Youth 16″ x 20″ Oil on panel, framed by the artist
Inspired by the work of Rene Magritte, this optical trick, where the silhouette of a girl in a dress is hidden in the suckling plant, evokes youth and newness. The image came to me in a dream as I contemplate the aging process. Society’s obsession with youngness and everything new seems more pronounced than ever in this strange period in history.
Our desire for the new, the virginal, is part of a larger body of work, The Quench Project and the Mire of Desire, exploring how our desires tend to control us, whether they are healthy in nature or more malevolent.