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Lunch Buddies


The series is my love letter to Central Park and all of the strange and wonderful creatures making a personal space there. They boldly give themselves the permission to be who they are, in spite of the shared nature of the space. All are there. All are welcome. Some are able to collaborate, but for the most part, they exist in their own worlds, separately yet together.

It all began with a single small panel of a large human sitting on a green park bench enjoying a lunch break with two pigeons. The human has undergone some dramatic body modifications to become more pigeon-like, and seems to struggle with her ability to connect to the pigeons. The more she tries to fit in, the more the actual pigeons resist her friendship.

As the series evolved, the social dynamic between the characters sitting on a bench became my main focus, and I was able to construct a variety of mismatched lunch buddies. As they take their break, they dismiss the public nature of their space and allow their true selves to emerge. I am reminded of the developmental term “parallel play,” which refers to a form of play where children play adjacent to each other without trying to influence one another’s behavior.

The theme of the series is make the space to allow yourself to be strange and wonderful.


814
Cupcake
$700.00
813
Stars and Pickles
$700.00
810
Hoagies
$700.00
812
The Red Sock
$700.00
811
Mini Moo
$700.00
809
Veggie Legs
$700.00
815
The Slugmuffins
$700.00
817
Jamboree
$700.00
818
Girls Club
$700.00
819
The Plaid Thermos
$700.00
820
The Empty Bench
$700.00
821
The Perfect Bench
$800.00

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