Elevations

When an object is displayed in a museum or in a photograph, it’s elevated, literally, on a pedestal or on a wall. But it’s also elevated in the sense that it is lifted up a bit out of this world. We look at the object, not just as a functional or decorative object, but as an icon for objects like it. It even becomes an icon of itself. The display gives us a glimpse of the idealized form outside the mouth of Plato’s cave.

The objects in this series, though ordinary, are not earthbound. They flaunt their special status, as objects displayed, by flouting the law of gravity. The visual style of the series is inspired by the Spanish Baroque painter Juan Sánchez Cotán. His still life compositions were simple and clean, emphasizing the isolated objects, as opposed to the tableaux common in Dutch still lifes.


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