Arbutus is a work that gives new context to the decorative and in so doing explores the very notion of the decorative. The decorative now becomes content. The arbutus floral pattern is in a repeated wallpaper format. This pattern is placed within a classic painting frame. The beaded pattern on the frame has been transferred into the picture plane as a decorative element on the neck and foot of the pitcher. The two vessels, as well as the shelf have the same pattern etched into their front halves as is in the background frame. The fact that the pattern does not completely cover the vessels in a traditionally decorative manner lends to an idea of transference, subtlety almost like the effect of sun bleaching through a patterned curtain. The hand a symbol of the creative is unaffected by this phenomenon because it is an object of action. Examining relationships causal and otherwise is at the center of this work.