This mixed media work was created during President Trump's inauguration on the 20th January 2017. This work explored channelling the energy of the event whilst making this work, exploring the combination of watching and listening to the event whilst putting various pieces together, using found objects collected during walks in the urban landscape and using objects in my studio.
The painting/ sculpture uses a recognisable object from the corporate world and an icon of the last 100 years embedded with all its loaded meanings associated with the cocaine trade in the past, the rise of an object representing the dominance of American culture since after WW2 and the feeling some felt on the day of TPOTUS' inauguration, both as a representation of American business, corporate identity and the crushed feeling some felt due to President Trump winning the position of the president.
The crushed can of Coca Cola is flattened by a car, found on the side of the road, representing the rise of the automobile industry, manufacturing and the reach of globalisation and the consequences of this evolving reality. The can is placed on top of an oil board that had a painting of a homeless person, representing the price of the markets, artex laid on top representing the building industry and the current 'lack' of housing, and the dominance of American culture and industry around the world.
There is also a covert idea on the alleged 'Iran-Contra' polemical exploration on the selling of cocaine via the CIA in the 1980s.
A conceptual piece loaded with many meanings with many interpretations.
This artwork will be framed in a handmade box frame - included a mock up of the finished design which is currently being finished (27th Oct 2017)
Found Coke Can, Oil Board, Plywood, Pine Wood Strips, Artex, Oil Paint