oil on birch panel
18 inches square
my first larger piece in some time - i love it and can't wait to finish up the next version. the title came first on this one - while listening to a piece on npr about the idea of only having fifty possessions. as someone who is torn by a desire to collect and a desire to simplify and who is utterly fascinated with consumerism and the idea that we are for better or worse identified by our possessions, from the study of ancient cultures through shards of pottery, to the identification of saints in art by their outfits, to my coveting of a totally unnecessary for me iphone, to the fact that my work, my livelihood, a good part of my identity is based on the fact that i create things, possessions are something i can't help but think about what they all mean and how we identify with them. so.. yeah...love the title, couldn't decide between this compostition and another interior version so i'm doing both. and i have a bit of a fever so rambling might be even more incoherent than usual, sorry.