As a 40 year old, after practicing drawing with paint for 15 years, I chose to explore the trompe l'oeil. I realized I had been dancing around it for decades always painting paintings within paintings.. looking at Matisse like that. This genre of painting though is distinctly American as Woodville, Peto, and Harnett ingenuously developed its creative possibilities (they look just like square Hoffmans to me--so much push pull). I believe American 19th century trompe l'oeil to be intrinsically post-modern.
(You see, to be modern is to act.. it is to overthrow offensive monuments and replace them. The creation of the metric system, for example, is a modernist act just like Buddhism. To be Post-Modernist is to pick and choose arbitrarily what satisfies the individual.)
So what satisfies me as an artist is the possibility within each frame for multiple languages of landscape, portraiture, still life, and comedy. Within these little cubes I can tell stories and bounce little narratives and jokes off of each little paradigm. I am calling my work Volk Art.. and it is distinctly post-structuralist as it weaves a range of intertextual connections and cultural motifs through its field of view.
That is to say..
Who are we looking at all these things?
Where does the seer reside?
Who is the one doing the looking at all of these things?