Michael Greaves

In painting, I am interested in the difference between making something, and encountering something, something made for another particular purpose, and how these two kinds of expressions correlate and offer new ways of thinking about objects in painting.

I have a personal interest in the idea of objects and things, as presented by Gertrude Stein, Peter Schwenger and Bill Brown, and in the writing of Cormack McCarthy, primarily his novel The Road.

I am interested in how objects present themselves as useful, in the physical world, and then how they change when their use is irrelevant or somehow broken. My painting practice oscillates between these ideas, presenting a register of painting as a thing.