Stilleven

The photographs in the portfolio ‘Stilleven’ (which translates into “inanimate object” or “immobile nature” in Dutch) are composited fabrications. In 17th- and 18th- century Dutch still life painting, the elements in each composition originated as life studies done throughout the year: tulips from early spring, hollyhocks in high summer, grapes in the autumn. They coexist in a sovereign fantasy world where time is permanently suspended in the midst of ripening and decay.
 
Among the hundreds of images used to create this portfolio are photos of birds from the Brookfield Zoo, butterflies from an exhibit at the Milwaukee Public Museum, mushrooms from the forests of the Catskills, rocks from the University of Wisconsin's Geology Museum, and many flowers from my personal garden.