Australian painter Anne Middleton’s still lifes are inspired by Rembrandt, Vermeer, and Memling. She is fascinated with texture and form. I have always been taken by still lifes as for me they echo imagist poetry. The careful study of an object and it’s multiple dimensions become complex meaning much like Gerturde Stein’s “Rose is a rose is a rose is a rose.” Taking the meaning away and then pumping it up outside of our expectations, because of our expectations the word and meaning is forever transformed, heightened.
Here we have larger than life cherries, a pocked and lonely plum, and evocative oysters left vulnerable. And it is that attention to the thing, those intimate details that makes us both confident and vulnerable.