Envy is a psychological condition that infects us all. “The Futility of Envy” is an installation of eight paintings of cinder block walls that want to be something they’re not. A cinder block wall wanting to be stone. Another longing to be a window. Not satisfied with being dense concrete, others want to be delicate lace or a draped curtain. One simply wants to be touched. Alas, the futility of envy.
The goal of my series is to depict envy in a subtle and unexpected way. Substituting cinder block walls introduces a touch of absurdity and humor. This may foster enough empathy to begin an internal dialogue within the viewer, allowing them to harness the positive benefits of envy, while mitigating the negative.
The paintings are acrylic on silk, mounted on hardboard panels, each measuring 72 x 48 inches. I paint on silk. Because its surface is smooth, the illusion of cement is not compromised by the texture of canvas. I incorporate brushes, rubbing, and spray paint to transform the luxurious fabric into concrete. No computer, printing, silk screen, image transfer, or photographic techniques are used.