A M E R I CA N  T O I L E


Series Statement:

#AmericanToile, examines the fragmentation of the American dream in a “post-truth” world.  A companion series to Bird on a Wire (in photography), which depicts a cross-section view on the pursuit of the  American dream using family legacy as a launching point.  Bird on a Wire stretches across Pennsylvanian Appalachia to  the rough and tumble urban New York City, and reflects on a families fragmented by their inescapable legacies delving into deviance, poverty, and abuse.
 
“American Toile”  uses portraits to launch a dialogue on the realities of the American dream, and the spectrum between the haves and the have-nots.

A modern twist on the French Toile de Jouy,  these paintings on burlap, examine  the ofttimes course patterns, irregularities, and variations that make up American society and her elusive and alluring dream of opportunity.  Balanced against those struggling with lack of financial success are  those who have, to all outward appearances, achieved and are living the dream.
 
From the disenfranchised to the ultra-rich on the other end of the spectrum, the series comes with the reminder: irregularities and variations in the colors and texture of this fabric are characteristic of the fabric adding to its natural beauty, and is in no way to be considered as defective.



Portrait of Alice Josephine
American Toile
oil on burlap

Survivor  of the Great Depression,
the Johnstown Flood,
Appelachia, and finally life
in Urban Appelachia, NYC

Matriarch
1893-1975

Madonna of 49th Street
with Pigeons

American Toile
oil on burlap

heroin addict, panhandler,intellectual,
bird enthusiast, saint

Irregularities and variations in the colors and texture of this fabric
are characteristic of the fabric adding to its natural beauty,
and is in no way to be considered as defective.