A dumpster splashed with colorful graffiti. A 1970s kitchen with yellow appliances. A bag of trash. A small child crouching in a corner.
None of these descriptions sounds particularly interesting, until you look closer and realize that none is what it seems.
The dumpster is made from stretch fabric on canvas. The kitchen is a re-creation from the artist’s memory and childhood photos. The trash bag is made of marble and weighs 600 pounds. The crouching child is a statue carved from mixed media.
They’re all are part of the “Lifelike” exhibit at the Phoenix Art Museum that runs through Sunday, May 18. It features objects, paintings and multimedia pieces meant to trick the viewer’s eye and