Friday, December 7, 2012

AGAIN, ALLIGATORS: United States

There's a lot of venom in this piece. I don't like to address political matters much in my art, or online, but I live in what is often referred to as a "battleground state." What that means is that throughout the month of October, which was a challenging month for me anyway, we were absolutely assaulted by a neverending barrage of radio and television ads, mailers, door to door campaigners, billboards, op eds, and so on. I despise politicians under the best of circumstances, and the events of that month filled me with so much impotent fury that I was choking on it. Elections, especially national elections, are rarely more than choosing between which candidate is the least deceptive, disingenuous, repulsively self-interested, power hungry, and willing to commit any offense to gain influence and wealth. They sicken me, the lot of them, and Hell is too good a place for them.

See what I mean? I don't like what thinking about politicians does to me. But a lot of that came out in this piece, the third of four visual reactions to The Alligators of Abraham. Somehow though, all that venom and hatred and fury produced a solid piece of art. So for that, I am appreciative.

UNITED STATES

15 inches by 11 inches
acrylic paint, ash, blood, charcoal, ink, marker and pencil on paper
October 28, 2012

2 comments:

  1. I have to confess that, having seen blood and mucus on the list of media for a couple of these pieces, I actually checked to see if this one had real venom in it. :)

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  2. Believe me, if I had any it would have been in there. As it was, I had to do my best to keep vomit out of the mix. I am so glad that miserable election is over and hope to some day live in a state that is not a "battleground."

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