Undoubtedly for most people a stain signifies something unpleasant, something one is not supposed to see or acknowledge. I am interested in this automatic, negative reaction that people have to something very natural and physical. In this series, I foreground the accidental stains found on discarded mattresses as painterly marks that have value and which speak to our connection to nature and history.

Johnson City Old-Time
Johnson City Old-Time
Acrylic, oil, & existing stain on reclaimed mattress fabric over batting and panel
32" x 22"