Slate Quagmier

Region: Pacific Coast


City / State: Hayward, CA

My current series focuses on still-life paintings inspired by both COVID-19 and the Baroque. Each painting is themed for both the month in which it was created and the ongoing pandemic. Items in the paintings were either already in my home or obtained from my weekly trips to the supermarket. Many doomscrolling sessions resulted in some of the texts or objects that were chosen, with the emergent themes and stories springing from the ideas associated with the items on display: seasons, fads, places, time periods, autobiographical details, almost anything at all, or potentially nothing. The series is my attempt at the search for order and comprehension in a world that has increasingly neither.