Vases, Fruit and Flowers (2022) - Sharon McIlwain
Vases, Fruit and Flowers (2022)
Acrylic on canvas
Tassie oak frame
33 x 33 x 5.5cm
The objects in these paintings are a combination of both common and precious items found around our home. Keeping in mind the exhibition title “Style de Maison” I wanted to capture elements of simplicity and grandness through the objects and palette.
The concept of home for me is a space created over time with family that is comforting, safe and relaxed. It holds many memories especially in the objects that we have surrounded ourselves with.
The coffee pot set, vases and candelabra all hold connections to my past. The coffee pot set was only ever displayed in our “china cabinet” when growing up. It was too precious to be used, therefore carrying connotations of a grander time that was out of my reach.
I deliberately chose these precious objects to sit by humble fruits and flowers grown in our garden. Although familiar, the fruit and flowers carry a sense of simple beauty. Like the objects that they sit side by side with, they are infused with the spirit of life that we have imbued into them.