A Perfect Day

Washington and Lee University, 2009

Seemingly drawing on the language of still lives and documentation, Irons’ paintings often find their well-source from photographic materials. Like the deadpan mimesis of a throwaway snapshot, the focus of her paintings often describe unremarkable elements of the every day, as we blindly learn to forget them. Chairs, doors, and plants reside in the plaintive silence of empty offices and building hallways, devoid of the human presence. Dispersed through various paintings are contours of colors that impel the appearance of abstract painting, though this too is transient, and affords a bare minimum of information. Gesturing both towards the ideas of abstraction and representation, the works move between the quotidian and the seductively opaque, at once inviting and challenging the interpretation of her tableaus.