Blocks of Time

BLOCKS

Mixed Media on Reclaimed Wood

Signed and Titled on the Back

“Do not ask your children to strive for extraordinary lives. Such striving may seem admirable, but it is the way of foolishness. Help them instead to find the wonder and the marvel of an ordinary life. Show them the joy of tasting tomatoes, apples and pears. Show them how to cry when pets and people die. Show them the infinite pleasure in the touch of a hand. And make the ordinary come alive for them. The extraordinary will take care of itself.” ― William Martin

The Blocks of Time Series is inspired by a tattered old book of antique quilt patterns I stumbled upon at a flea market in Down East Maine. I wanted to offer a contemporary riff on the time honored tradition of quilting, and to bring warmth, comfort, and a storied history into the home, much like a hand made patchwork blanket would.

 

Once I started creating my own “quilt blocks,” I began to think about how each component of the block patterns reminded me of all the small moments we experience throughout any given day, and how, when combined, they form a larger whole; minutes that combine into hours that combine into days. I think it is important to relish those small moments, and so I tried to relish every small painting within the larger painting, trying to make each a world unto itself, while also integrating it into the pattern as a whole.