The Dress


This series is based on photographs taken of a dress found in an abandoned house. The house in the woods still holds all of the family’s belongings, as though the family just vanished. Nature is reclaiming the property- the porches sag, vines reach through the windows and climb the curtains, and the dirt road leading to the house has disappeared completely. These paintings recreate the experience of finding the dress in the dark chaos of a rummaged-through upstairs bedroom. The emphasis on color, texture, and aggressive brushwork illustrates the emotional charge surrounding the dress, which in the paintings has become almost a living thing.