A still life, from the Dutch, stilleven, is a painting featuring an arrangement of inanimate, everyday objects, whether natural objects or manufactured items. The Tate Museum Glossary puts it succinctly, defining the subject of a still life as "anything that does not move or is dead." In French, the still life is called "nature morte," literally "dead nature."
My new still life photographic series, titled “Animate Objects,” is created from things I have gathered, collected or rescued. While still life artworks are by definition “inanimate,” my goal was to arrange them in such a way as to depict imagined relationships and the dynamic push and pull that exists between living beings and bodies that seemingly share the same space.