Trash Day

Trash Day

Trash Day, a contemporary Toile, represents the pastoral of modern life. Traditionally Toile du Jouy (literally Toile from Jouy) depicted country life at leisure with a little classical mythology thrown in for allegory. In Trash Day, I have told the story of a Ritual in which we are all familiar. Each Sunday (in my Suburban Neighborhood) families spend hours sprucing up their homes. They trim trees, mow lawns, and pick up excess trash. It often becomes a community builder and for the ultra competitive, a way to splay your feathers. The second part of this ritual comes later in the week, when curb- sides become overwhelmed with trash as we prepare the garbage trucks to come and take away our unwanted rubbish. For those few hours while our rubbish waits, we have reversed our earlier act, and instead of sweeping up our unwanted goods, leaving them out for all to see.