Jeff Fichera



My drawings and paintings are records of materiality in the face of time's passage and the inexorability of change. No matter how much we might wish it otherwise, time moves in only one direction and sweeps us along (or aside). My drawings of air conditioner filters show every dent and ding that has warped what was once a pristine and orderly surface. I am concerned with the specificity of cause and effect: I have drawn tinfoil and black plastic garbage bags to explore the unique behaviors of each material as they are shaped by their histories and reflect their present circumstances. As long as we carry the markings of time, there is cause for celebration because we are still alive, still developing and participating. My paintings of gift bags consider our good fortunes, and the beauty and fascination in every surface.

My working methods are directly involved in my subject matter. The objects I draw and paint are humble things I've had for a long time and depict repeatedly over the years. I am interested in my intense contact with these materials - the filters, tinfoil, plastic, and gift bags, but also the graphite, paper, oil and canvas I use to represent them. The drawings and paintings happen slowly due to the careful observation they require, with the resulting images themselves a record of the time and intimate concentration they took to evolve.