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The Still Life pieces are nostalgic images, my memories of growing up in an Italian family where fresh food was abundant and the sharing of it second nature. More than simply arranging inanimate objects and playing with the curiosity of trompe l’oeil, I am preparing and serving the pieces to the viewer as one prepares and serves food. I try to infuse them with the energy of this moment: ripe fruit ready to eat, a knife that is sharp and poised for use, a napkin which seems as through it is still falling into place, a snack partially eaten, a cookie tin with the lid slid back, revealing a fresh batch of biscotti or the left over crumbs. The viewer is invited to stop and enjoy the snack and allow the time to partake.