Exposing the Sneaky Marmot

Artist’s statement

Sometimes the beliefs we hold about the world or about ourselves don’t serve us well. False or misleading perceptions can, at best, lead us into harmless folly, or at worst, cause others and ourselves a lifetime of misery and heartache. Exposing the Sneaky Marmot investigates many versions of self-deception. The presence of a trickster marmot throughout the series embodies the tendency to be misled by our perceptions and beliefs, many of which have long generational ties that are passed along like family heirlooms. These mindsets are formed in childhood and carried into adulthood where they often function below our conscious awareness. I reference old photographs to allude to the temporal persistence of long-lasting familial mindsets and use the landscape at a setting to represent the wild terrain of our own unconscious thoughts and drives. These paintings are twisted versions of grown-up dramas that are humorous on the surface but sometimes dark and insidious underneath with far-reaching consequences.

HeCouldNotResistThePolkaDotsWeb

Although He Had the Power to Control the Weather, He Did Not Have the Power to Resist the Polka Dots, oil and graphite on paper, framed under glass, 19″ x 28″, 2012, $1,600

TryingToConvinceTheMarmotWeb

He Believed that He Could Convince the Marmot by Using His Finely Honed Skills of Logic and Argumentation, oil and graphite on paper, 16″ x 16″, 2012, SOLD

TheWorldIsABeachBallWeb

The Sneaky Marmot Had Convinced Her that the World Was Like a Beach Ball, oil on wood panel, 33″ x 48″, 2012, $2,250

LiningUpMarmotsWeb

Lining up the Sneaky Marmots, oil on wood panel, 27″ x 90″, 2012, $3,250

SneakyMarmotsStartEarlyWeb

Sneaky Marmots Start Early, oil on wood panel, 24″ x 43″, 2012, $1,800

SheWonderedHowLongWeb

She Wondered How Long the Sneaky Marmot Would Make Her Keep This Up, oil and graphite on paper, 31.5″ x 33.5″, 2012, SOLD

PrettyToes

She Assumed She Was Prettier When She Pointed Her Toes, oil on wood panel, 21″ x 27″, 2012, $1,200

TheSneakyMarmotRideLRes

Occasionally, The Sneaky Marmot Took Her for a Ride, oil on wood panel, 18″ x 26″, $1,100

TheyMistakenlyThoughtWeb

They Mistakenly Believed that the Sneaky Marmot Was Going Away, oil on wood panel, 20″ x 30″, 2012, $1,200

SupersonicBicycleSpeed&APrettyDressWeb

She Imagined that Supersonic Bicycle Speed & a Pretty Dress Were All a Girl Really Needed, oil and graphite on paper, 16″ x 16″, 2012, SOLD

BacksideAssetWeb

She Believed That Her Backside Was Her Best Asset, oil on wood panel, 35.75″ x 19.75″, 2012, SOLD

AgainstHerWillWeb

Against Her Will, She Was Beginning to Resemble the Sneaky Marmot, oil and graphite on paper, 14″ x 13.5″, 2012, SOLD

SomebodyHasToLRes

Somebody Has to Do It, oil on canvas, 28″ x 36″, 2014, $1,500

MarmotExtractionLRes

Marmot Extraction, acrylic and oil on wood panel, 45″ x 60″, 2014, $2,700

HeWasTheOnlyOneWeb

He was the Only One Who Couldn’t See that He’d Been Tricked by the Sneaky Marmot, oil on wood panel, 48″ x 63″, 2012, $3,000

HeWasGoingTooFastToHearHimWeb

His Friend Tried to Warn Him About the Sneaky Marmot, but He Was Going Too Fast to Hear Him, oil and graphite on paper, 16″ x 16″, 2012, $275

HeKnewHeHadUnderdressedWeb

He Now Knew that He Had Under Dressed for the Occasion and the Sneaky Marmot Was to Blame, oil on wood panel, 24″ x 30″, 2012, $1,500

AllHisMarmotsInARowWeb

By All Appearances, He Had All His Sneaky Marmots in a Row, oil on wood panel, 20″ x 30″, 2012, SOLD

AFewOfThemWereBeginningToRealizeWeb

A Few of Them Were About to Discover that the Sneaky Marmot Had Led Them All Astray, oil on wood panel, 28″ x 48″, 2012, SOLD

SheCouldNotEscapeFromHerselfWeb

Even in the Wilderness, She Could Not Escape From Herself or From the Sneaky Marmot, oil on wood panel, 34″ x 48″, 2012, $2,100