STILL LIFE WITH SOFT/BASEBALLS
Vincent Van Gogh said, "It is good to love as many things as one can. … I see paintings or drawings in the poorest cottages, in the dirtiest corners. And my mind is driven toward these things with an irresistible momentum. … Poetry surrounds us everywhere, but putting it on paper is, alas, not so easy as looking at it. I dream my painting, and then I paint my dream." The drawings of these softballs and baseballs began much like the way Van Gogh began his paintings of shoes. Van Gogh found his shoes left out on the streets of Paris. Much like Van Gogh, I found these softballs/baseballs (while walking my dog) on the baseball fields of Union, NJ. Union and Paris are very similar in the spring. The subject matter for both artworks is found objects. The “softballs/baseballs” represent a variety of things to me. They are layered. They are a metaphor of people (being my friends, neighbors, family, myself or you). They are symbolic of the beating life can dish out. They are also hopeful in the sense that after the beating you are still here. They are also a reminder of the past. My daughter played baseball on those fields.