February 25, 2014
February 25, 2014
February 25, 2014
36×36 Acrylic on Canvas
Layered over historic symbols of Fascism, the Bull—representing financial institutions–charges from the lower right, into the red of power , as the Shark —representing the destruction of democracy without human conscience— moves beneath the surface to the Lower Right.
Red is the color of Power, War, Aggression, and in this case, Oppression—as it dominates (almost suffocates) the upper canvas with it’s weight.
The combination of a Bull, trampling us, and a Shark, leaving a trail of damage in it’s wake, speaks to our present position, beneath unchecked power with limited capacity to rise up.
July 12, 2013
48×36 Acrylic, Raw Pigment, and Gold on Canvas
Out of a great void arrives a messenger.
There are times when truth can be unsettling.
The myths to which we cling can leave us in darkness where we may be content to believe we know ourselves, our world, or even our universe.
The Messenger can arrive in passion, maybe even love, to disrupt our self generated myths.
We ultimately must trust and allow ourselves to hear the message so we can rise up from our complacency and explore our lives with authenticity.
September 16, 2012
Tree of Tantalus 40×40 Acrylic and Gold on Canvas
In Greek Mythology, Tantalus (Tántalos) was banished to the Underworld for trying to bring the nectar of the Gods to his people.
For attempting to steal this ambrosia, he was cursed to stand in a pool of water beneath a fruit tree with low branches, with the fruit ever eluding his grasp, and the water always receding before he could take a drink.
We are tantalized by the idea of the unobtainable.
If we are tempted to reveal the secrets of the Gods, are we forever banished to reach for that which we can never have?
August 11, 2012
The Pyramids of Somnia 60×48 Acrylic and Raw Pigment on Canvas
We live in a culture where sleep is considered an incidental part of our lives.
We work until we are exhausted—we consume caffeine, energy drinks, even pharmaceuticals to keep us going until we can go no more.
We attempt to stay physically awake in order to accomplish more goals, have more experiences, cope with the insane demands of our way of life.
The consequences of avoiding sleep, intentionally or not, can actually put us to sleep in a different way, walking through the Pyramids of Somnia in a daze, a waking dream where a sandstorm may be rising to bury us as we sleepwalk.
April 6, 2012
Cognizant Dissonance 36×48 Acrylic, Silver Leaf, Gold Leaf on Canvas
A condition of conflict and anxiety created by inconsistency between one’s beliefs and one’s reality. The confusion that results from holding onto beliefs which are incongruous to what we are witnessing can leave fractured truths clinging to our perceptions. The concept of the Iron Curtain existed in the twentieth century, creating devisions of economies and alliances. The remnants of that invisible Iron Curtain was psychologically dismantled with the Berlin Wall in 1989. Sometimes there is no tangible symbol to represent a curtain—especially if the curtain is actually a veil. Presently, we live in the midst of a diaphanous Golden Curtain. It represents our beliefs about Democracy, Humanity, and established social structures which we have adhered to until now. Perhaps we need to peek behind this veil to repair fractured truths and begin to dismantle the sources of our own cognizant dissonance.