Amy McKinnon | Artist Statement
I contemplate with my eye on the table, "you are what you eat", is the comprehension of how our health/longevity and thus our destiny is in our own hands. Well, I heard it somewhere before, "you are what you buy". It is the same as, "you are what you eat" but it refers to our vanity instead of our longevity. Our society prevails on the notion that we must possess that which is deemed precious at just that moment. It is the search for happiness. The stuff we have is testament to our search for completion, to our wholeness. When in fact we know just what we need to survive, physically, it does not stop us from having to have that which will fix it all. The stuff we buy is evidence of our need to survive psychologically even spiritually.
Is it this lack of a struggle to survive that propels us to consume and with such zeal? While the subject will incite many tangents, the truth of the matter is that our stuff is a symbol of our humanity. It is the artifacts that define us as an individual and a culture. Our proliferation of consumables is our need to amuse ourselves. Since we are not preoccupied with the constant worry of our survival, death seems that much more enigmatic and surreal thus a confusion associated with the meaning of life leads us to fulfill that void with endless stuff.
The object to me has always visually been the contemplative thing. It is the object which you focus on when deep in thought. The one whose color imparts the very thoughts you possess. It is the object that obtains a soul through the very metaphor it exclaims. I have painted a variety of still lives in search of that explanation of a life unclear. I keep painting natura morte in order to capture a still moment within the bustle of a species obsessed with accumulation.