What? A painting of a flower? That’s what reality looks like? And the answer to these questions is yeah, this is reality. Take a closer look at the piece, do you see the frayed edges of the canvas? Do you see the creases and wrinkles on the painted surface? Do you see that this is not a flower at all, just paint on a rag?
This is not an earth shattering statement of truth, but it is truth nonetheless. In our current world, “fake news” is a household term and conspiracy theories ride the wind like shreds of broken glass cutting away at our democracy. We need to recognize truth wherever we find it. So here is a little piece of the real world. Yes, flowers are pretty and shadows add depth and substance to a painting, but look at the reality behind the illusion. In my work, I put the reality front and center, the faults of the canvas are right there on display with the oversized flower. See the whole of the artwork. And see that it’s flaws actually enhances the piece. To a real world person, it gives the “pretty” flower balance and makes it far more interesting than pie-in-the-sky fakery.