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“Still Lifes” (1980s) most reflect my interest in Modernism and were constructed to be about perception and illusion. Materials selected- mirrors, cardboard planes, cloth, shapes, etc are purposely void of cultural reference and function in an attempt to involve the viewer exclusively in the “events” of the image- the interplay of the elements/shape and line, light and dark, and spatial tensions. The idea is that I’m creating a new experience for the viewer, based exclusively on visual truths found inside the frame, void of culture and narrative. As I understand it, this is at the core of Modernist tendencies-the new, the abstract,the surreal,the artist as author of experience.