Sharon Madanes

Region: Northeast

I recently used the window display of a lock store as a starting point for a body of work. A window display, like a painting, implies a position for the viewer, both physically and psychologically, by representing ideals and material desires. In this way, a window display both places and absorbs the viewer in the same way that a Renaissance painting does. Using ideas derived from this investigation as a starting point, I’ve been making paintings that play with shallow spaces, perspective, three-dimensionality, formalism, allegory, humor, the history of still-life painting, and the boundaries of the medium.