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Two toy soldiers fight valiantly on for a cause lost or even unknown to them, their wounded compatriot writhing in pain on a blue sponge.

Nearby, a plastic dinosaur roars, asserting dominance over another, who has been toppled and vanquished.

Fishing for minnows on the back of a whale (2021) combines an incongruous assemblage of the present and the past…

the banal and the imagined…

the human and the prehistoric…

…playfully compressing the history of everything into a modest kitchen.

A six-story structure of washed dishes teeters on the brink of collapse, suggesting an admirable effort at domesticity, albeit lacking in follow through.

The fiery light of a Home Depot under-cabinet fixture suffuses the scene, overexposing a horn-of-plenty tile backsplash.

A Stonehenge calendar hangs from the nearby fridge on numeral magnets, numbering our days from the beginning of time.

And here are our struggles: feasting on mythology when there’s food in the fridge; Fishing for Minnows on the Back of a Whale, as the painting’s title would have it.

Conway has us blink a few times, then look again—unable to fully settle into a sense of reality nor absurdity—at the simultaneously tiny and expansive worlds that we inhabit.


Fishing for Minnows on the Back of a Whale, 2021
Oil on panel
45 x 68 x 2 inches
(114.3 x 172.7 x 5.1 cm)