While any given viewer is face to face with my work, I hope they feel some sort of uneasiness. This confrontation is the expected result of the messages illustrated. Instead, as I have reiterated before, I assume like most Americans, the viewer will in varying degrees not understand, accept, or reflect their role in the work and the message. The observations I have made about our contemporary American psyche are many and complexly intertwined.
From childhood, we are attributed to the lives of the wealthy and powerful, not so different from children all over the world. The American experience, however, commonly leads us to believe that a life of wealth and luxury or power is the best life possible, and is an entitlement if only for some sacrifice. Often, rather than work for what we know is fair or decent, we decide to ignore our inner consciences to gain what we believe others did not have to work hard for. The spreading practice of this moral disregard has lead to increasing financial and political corruption. While others tend to stray to drug abuse, partying, sex, false relationships, or other over indulgences to fill this “tragic gap”. The mutation of the American dream has centered around a single fallacy core: selfishness. Selfishness is the coin in our pocket which, so many Americans are trained to carry foremost yet can never admit to having. In many instances, more so as of late, selfishness is traded for pride and average Americans take on an irresponsible or endless lines of credit to feel equal with their neighbors. Politicians, of course, provide a façade for the masses. In exchange for personal satisfaction, fame, or underhanded fortune, politicians often incite immediate action, resulting in over regulation, ballooning government size or control, and even deploying our militaries to ensure our constant security of consumption. And though, we used to fear monopolies, today’s businesses consume everything, even their creators, until they seem too big to cease to exist.
At the foundation of our solitical system is the average American, feeling the growing tensions as though they are at the base of it all, while expecting to be above it all, wondering why our society seems to be slipping slowly away.
Acrylic, Colored Pencil, and Ink