This piece came into being some four years ago—the last time North Korea dominated the headlines with threats of destroying the west coast of the United States. I’ll just leave that there…..Barbie says it all.
Nukes, 2013, mixed media on canvas board. Yes, that’s Kim Jong Un as a paper mask.
I got to that point today, as it seems I always do in my process, when I thought I could keep repainting forever and this piece would never be any more complete than it is now. I should write a statement about this piece, but I’m lazy. well, okay, while painting this I came to think that the policy adopted in the U.S. regarding immigrants who arrived here illegally don’t have any rights of citizenship….and thus they take those hard labor jobs, like field workers….with no rights, except to work….is this a new form of slavery? That’s what I was thinking when I painted this and then I thought about how I was going to get people to look at that sky, at the rain…because we’re always ignoring the obvious.
I fall in love with paintings I’m working on. I’ve fallen hard for this one, which is a good thing because it will most likely only be done when I’m sick of it. Hasn’t happened yet…but one day it will.