"Still Life" ventures back into the artist studio to examine one of the learned subjects of representation. Historically the Still Life presented itself as a vase of flowers that are set in juxtaposition to small souvenirs such as a chalice, book, key, writing utensil, skull or fruit. Flowers have imbued a sense of vitality and function into the singularity of personal, handheld objects. The sense of abundance became a means of reflection that once ran as a compliment to figurative painting.
Contemporary artists have found themselves in a similar situation, finding ways to represent memory and personal associations within the din of image proliferation. Gail Flanery, for instance, presents "Rose" as an unfolding color-scale that begins with light pink and ends with a very intense red. Susan Kaprov punctuates floral arrangements seen in "Gardens & Galaxies (Purple)" and "Gardens & Galaxies (Red)" with stronger tones, made possible by the artist's use of a black background.
Tom Bovo, however, utilizes a white background in an untitled photograph and presents a single bouquet of vivid green leaves while Jessica Baker's monotype titled "Three Birch" presents the white silhouette forms of dried leaves within a black circle.
The abstract painting of "Waves" by Robert Melzmuf and "Burst 3" by Andrea Morganstern reference to the habitat needed for the continued growth of bright foliage while Derek Weisberg's stoneware and porcelain sculpture titled "Tell Me About The Worms VIII" presents flowers as sculptures that function as a long-standing memorial.