Wind Up Boy
acrylic on canvas
30″ x 48″
“I am inspired by the everyday events, subjects and motifs in my life. I paint what I know but at the same time, I paint what I don’t understand and want to analyze.
This painting is of my little brother; it is a version of him that I despise, but I am fascinated by it nonetheless. My brother has bad anger management issues. I have many memories of his outbursts that include: throwing chairs, breaking vases, and hitting etc. I depicted him here with a doll like lifelessness and a metal windup screw to explore that question of who is in control. Without realizing it, he is really a slave to his own impulses.
I am also using the figure in the painting as a device to express the feeling of the mundanity of the everyday that creeps up on you when you realize that you are doing the actions without feeling anything. It feels important to maintain that control over my live even if being in control, in actuality, is simply an illusion.”