I’ve got this out of my system for the time being, and I’m going back to very personal pictures of people involved in their own world.
Cheri is about child abuse, and how epidemic it is in our society. Are we doing everything we can to help these kids?
The Casting Couch : I’m from Los Angeles, and my family has worked in the entertainment business for 3 generations. The casting couch has been a reality for all 3 generations. The way women have advanced their careers in the movie business is by performing sexual favors. There’s a long history of it, and while I don’t know for certain now if it’s still in existence, I’d be really surprised if it isn’t, at least on some level; perhaps not as overtly. The original drawing of this picture is from the 1970’s, hence the storyline “Between the Gustin & the Gottlieb”, a couple of very much “in” abstract expressionist painters from that era that a film executive would have in his office during that decade.
Syria: This painting is about the war in the Middle East right now, an incredible tragedy. I put the viewer of the painting behind a gun sight aimed at an Arab. It’s to ask a very personal question: “would you pull the trigger? And who are you to be judge & jury?" It would be so simple if you are in the military and this was a known terrorist. But war is very frequently not that cut & dried.
Personal Storm Cloud is a picture of a college professor obviously under mental & emotional duress. He doesn’t even see us walking past him on the street. This is NOT an encounter.
What is he upset about? We just don’t know. He could be obsessed with a young student in his class. It could be tenure, but I doubt it. He teaches US history, AND he’s black. He could be very upset about the political situation & where he sees the country going. The one thing history teaches us is everything repeats.