Gouache on water color paper
MOUTHS OF MY FRIENDS COLLECTION - This body of work was started as a painting-a-day challenge, each small painting completed in a single day. They are painted from photographs I made by asking friends and families to open their mouths. Surprisingly, very few resisted.
As with much of my work, these paintings probe the world within, both physically and psychologically. The interior space of the mouth is both repulsive and erotic. It is the channel of verbal expression. Our mouths are not only the artery for life, but also act as the channel for the inner world to be made public through speech and song. These paintings embody the infinite variation, yet ultimate sameness of humanity.