DEAD DEAR SERIES (2008)
1) We are at war; 2) I am in
the Midwest, not fighting.
The Midwest is landlocked. The closest thing to
war that is present in the Midwest is deer hunting season.
and war are not a part of my life, however I have skinned a deer and am
living through a war. One side of my family talks about hunting and the
other about war. Both stories about hunting and war parallel each
other since both are conversations that can be had during family
that people inform themselves about current events in the world is
never consistent. Some people look at the newspaper every day while
others might watch the news.
Hussein was hung, Jack Hensley was decapitated, many died from
explosions on the Highway of Death; all of these people who died had
lives outside of war. The common bond that we as humans have is the
life we live. We are all living a life; in a similar way animals live
their lives in the forest.
With each moment in life we have
events and situations that inform us of the importance of actually
being a part of society and human experience. To inform the art of the
Dead Dear series I used my experience of skinning and butchering a
deer. Being a Midwesterner also plays a major role in my art. Dead
deer scatter themselves along the highway in fall. The abundance of
carnage available to any Midwesterner is similar to the carnage in
war. I want to understand what is happening and being felt from those
who have fought for and against something. I want to share in
humanity’s breadth of experience, but I am here.
Polar Bears Playing Poker
Thanksgiving Day: Parade
Peanut M&M's Make the Best Human Shield
Don't Ask, Don't Tell, Don't Cha Know
Pete the Trucker
Rachele live study
The Ice House
Good For Casseroles, Hotdish and Rolls
13 Hour Drive
Hot Air Balloon Ride
Self Portrait live study
take out the trash
Bees in the Forest