Object: Words Have Meaning, Lies Have Consequences: A Portrait
Selected for the "Mosaic
Arts International Exhibition 2019"
SAMA's Annual International Juried Exhibition
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display in 2019: January 26 - May 19:
The Parthenon Museum, Nashville
Materials: Marble, Italian Smalti and Fool's Gold on Cement Board
As the hollow man spreads darkness fueled by ignorance and fear,
we are all corrupted.
I have visited Washington DC many times, enjoying the museums, monuments and many wonderful public spaces. Besides admiring the monuments for their artistry; their powerful symbolism and history are also awe inspiring. They remind and inform us of the many struggles, triumphs and failures of this fragile American experiment.
At the Portrait Gallery, I wondered how the next person in charge would be represented. Portraits are not mere faces, the artist gives significance and tells a story with the expression, color, surroundings. How would I distill this debauched king of chaos in the Fall of 2018?
A garish frame made of fool's gold, befittingly small. A darkness at its center. A stain, ever creeping, ever corroding all it touches. Adding more red, for lives destroyed. I keep reading the news, my most beloved natural world with all its noble creatures merely seen as things to exploit or discard. Un-ending lies and the destruction of what was once normal. I miss the Truth.
It is the result, the lasting damage that haunts me, inflicted on all by a venality so foul.