From the Film Maker
Still lifes imply a life outside the bounds of the canvas. The selection and arrangement of the objects in a still life is a narrative, of which the viewer is permitted a long view of the last frame; but this extended study invites speculation about which characters might interact with these objects moving forward in time, and how. Gauguin’s ‘Bowl Of Fruit…’ extends this notion further with a window onto an urban scene (a whole city of implied stories), a knife (the handle poised for the viewer’s hand), and a tankard. The warm sunlight on the fruit and white fabric contrasts with the light outside the window, suggesting an early morning or late afternoon setting. This frozen frame of selected objects, a setting (in a room and a city), and a time of day is an invitation to imagine a narrative with an open but structured beginning and ending.
A piece inspired by Paul Gauguin, Bowl Of Fruit And Tankard Before A Window, probably 1890