Bobbi Meier

Garden Form Tropical
acrylic on canvas
20 x 16 in.

A child’s toy left on his parent’s bed was the impetus for this body of work. What began as a simple exercise of the artist’s need to draw grew into a pursuit of subject matter that has infiltrated my life, much like the children I live with, who inspire my work.

My subject matter has evolved from the objects that surround me. As a parent of three children, toys abound. Delicate paisley patterns on my bed sheets juxtapose with “superhero/bad guys” strewn about and forgotten by the owner. The child’s world and the parents are intertwined. The toys and elegant domestic fabric patterns have beome metaphors for the struggle to create balance and elegance in a life surrounded by the cluttered reality of family and are played out in these abstracted still-lives. My most current work has evolved into intricate “gardens” of monsters, domestic patterns, and organic flower forms.

Seemingly light-hearted, the layers of information present in many of the works offer a sense of confusion and intricacies prevalent in daily life referring to an adult perception of the family dynamic.

© Bobbi Meier