Catch Me if You Can (2012)
Spray paint, oil paint, mixed media, on birch wood
24" x 40"
NFS: Private Owner
Catch Me if You Can (2012) is a follow up to a couple of small fish paintings that I painted for my father (Speck and Red) earlier in the year. Like the materials used, the ideas for this painting stem from many different jumping off points. First of all, because of the popularity of street art, I wanted to become familiar with using spray paint as a medium. I enjoy getting to know new mediums and formulating new ways for mediums to be used in relation to one another. Also, I am attempting to combine the "real" with the "surreal". That is the reason for the real lure attached to the surface. It is used to contrast the vague, or surreal, nature of the Bull Dolphin. Also, the lure acts as a meeting point between the viewer and the piece. Dimensions become convoluted and the relationships between image and object, and image, object, and viewer are questioned. Is the fish passing up the lure? Is the fish larger than appears and in affect too far from the lure to catch up? Have the fisherman and the fish already created a relationship, or has the fish avoided that confrontation? I feel that we can learn a lot about our relationships with other individuals by reflecting upon our relationships with all of God's creatures.