A few years ago I met Joetta Maue at When All the Plants Need Water, a show put on at UFORGE Gallery, in Jamaica Plain. “In this show," she said, "I explore how the small everyday moments and objects in our daily life are often the truth tellers of our state of being. [The work in this show] is inspired by the realization that when all my plants need water it usually means that my life and relationships are out of balance and attention needs to be paid." I could relate. I had recently begun collecting plants and, like any new mom, I was beginning to learn how to take care of them--which windows in my apartment got the best light, how often to water them, and which methods for getting rid of pests work (and which don't). Inspired by Joetta's insight, I decided to create a new series of paintings based on my growing collection of house plaints.
I also unstretched an old canvas and started a new large (4ft x 5ft) painting. The painting depicts the bathroom in my friend Kelly's Manhattan apartment. I think this painting is funny because, like most apartments in New York City, the bathroom in her apartment is actually a lot smaller in person than it looks in the fish-eye perspective of this painting.