Portraits: Paintings by William Fisk
Hyperrealistic paintings of common objects that invites viewers to examine the substance of its form and content.
As opposed to antiquities, which usually carry a strict provenance, the objects depicted in the Portrait Series were purchased second hand, without any tangible reference to the previous owner. They are specific utilitarian objects — 35mm cameras, light bulbs, shoes, pay phones, trophies, furniture, and clothing — that have experienced undeterminable yet indisputable human contact. Commonplace and seemingly bereft of any historical significance, these artifacts are none the less theoretically connected with the untold, recondite stories of the people with whom they have interacted. Altering the context with which these objects are ordinarily associated, that of benign servitude, and depicting them in a traditional medium, my intent is to elevate them to a status that challenges us to define its significance to us or to other autonomous individuals.