Monday 7 November 2016

This Art

Kriegsmaschine !

War, what is it good for?

This painting is much like the ancient art of alchemy where symbolic elements are mixed to form a completely different entity a life that seems to walk and breath on its own. Over the span of several months I gathered newspapers, and clippings that involved the horrible news which resonates our daily lives. Fires, earthquakes, war and worse threats to humanity were all layered thick and varnished on a blood red board, and left to fester. Other elements like latex and roofing tar were added and organically brought out the image in high contrast. Finally pencil, markers and a lot of old fashion oil and varnish were used to finish the machine.

This work took about 2 years to finish, there were times that I just didn't know what to do with it so I left it, but now that it's finished, I'm happy because I it's symbolically honest. It's not really a political work, instead the painting seemed to form itself from logical consequences. In a time when we humans should be coming together to clean up our own mess it seems that we are distracting ourselves and decapitating the institutions which we need to solve our problems.
What do we all really believe all this bad news about a shrinking future will add up to? Traditionally scarcity has lead to one thing, War.

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