P.J. Mills

Show ran from 1/8/2014 to 2/1/2014

These paintings represent visual metaphors that emerge from the examination of common objects and how images of those objects relate to an “intimate” human condition. They are metaphors for identity, self-preservation, and mortality stem directly and indirectly from inanimate and animate personal possessions. Objects of interest may include: children’s toys, grooming accessories, insects and food. The work results in objects contextually placed in still life settings or sometimes in more ambiguous spaces. By focusing on small and in most cases insignificant objects, Mills illustrates a greater significance pertaining to our addiction to possessions, our obsession with self-preservation, and ultimately our mortality. Although, his primary concern is with the metaphors these objects may represent, he is continually inspired by more complex issues that the simple juxtaposition of two or more objects presents.