Chris Charbonneau

Homeopathy (portrait of Kenny)

Homeopathy (portrait of Kenny)
Homeopathy (portrait of Kenny)

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Statement

Kenny the chief was an important figure in Norfolk, so it was natural that, in accordance with tradition, I would do a portrait of him. At the same time there was a lot of attention directed towards a bear seen in the area. I felt the bear and Kenny had a simular energy, and so I depicted Kenny with bear qualities. By taking on these qualities I felt this new Kenny was somehow able to ward off bears, becoming a amulet protecting the rest of the students at Norfolk. Using the ailment as the cure is a principal of homeopathy, so I started thinking about other ailment/ cure relationships that applied to Kenny. I decided that the cook/ cooking equipment relationship, that is, put simply, fire that hurts and fire that works to nurish, was fitting of Kenny. I was also thinking about the myth of Prometheus and so used a system of hot and cool to create strategic tensions between sides of the painting.