My paintings have a personal, narrative quality that combines seemingly unrelated objects in an aesthetic and accessible way. The work references itself, repeating items with personal meaning to create a conversation between pieces. These objects become visual iconography and reflect the myth of the “heroic” individual artist.
A common subject in my pictures is autobiographic elements such as my home’s Victorian architecture and furniture, often integrated with portraiture and costumes, with a strong design focus. Some pieces include painting materials, where use of stretcher bars, easels, paint tubes, and brushes romanticize the artist’s practice. I also allude to a metaphoric sub theme of the Sargasso Sea of the Caribbean as a surreal landscape whose fecund waters inspire creativity. Armed with my personal subject matter and style, I am claiming a fresh place in the art world.
Josh Rockland Art