The Future Comes From Leftovers
The Future Comes from Leftovers is an ongoing series of visual poems that distill themes of fragility and strength, of challenge and potential. Inspired in part by 17th century Dutch vanitas still life paintings that symbolically depict the transience of life and the futility of pleasure and achievement, these are decidedly more modern, deconstructed and minimal, with roots in hope and optimism and an eye to the future.
Using odds and ends I've accumulated over the years, ubiquitous items and natural artifacts these spare compositions - at once playful and serious - symbolically condense personal experiences with navigating challenge and the process of creating a meaningful and fulfilling life. In that sense they are quite personal, but they are also intentionally oblique so that viewers can find their own interpretations and meaning.
The individual titles, many of which inspired specific images, come from excerpted blog posts by the deceased author Anne Herbert who was a keen observer of life and a writer with the ability to convey complexity with insightful brevity. She is probably most known by her oft misquoted phrase, “practice random kindness and senseless acts of beauty.”
The series title speaks to the idea that what remains - either physical, emotional or cultural - is fodder for future growth. One of the key components I believe to creating developmental growth and lasting change. These are mantras for potential, for finding our way through the dark.