“Caretaker” is part of my series of paintings titled Rural Inhabitants, which focuses on reawakening the memories left behind in abandoned houses. Memories may not be visible but linger in the forms that still exist. In effort to describe the past, I have introduced the human figure. The figure represents a memory while the structure itself is associated with the present reality. Inspired by the tendency to bury the past away in structures incapable of existing forever, the memories of the past too become a form, tangible and capable of decay.
The painting is a portrait of an old woman with her arms crossed. The woman takes on the form of the decaying wall, a structure she once resided in and worked to maintain. Her dress she wears fades into the wallpaper and she becomes a part of the house, a caretaker, who continues to watch over her home. The bird on her shoulder is a barn swallow, often found nesting in old houses and signifies his awareness of her presence.