The Political Discourse series freezes a social or political dilemma in time so that the paradox or point of views it presents can be confronted, examined and discussed.
The American flag provides a perfect universal symbol from which to depart. The topics are intended to feel urgent—to address the need for people to engage in dialogue around topics that can be uncomfortable. The hardness of the topics, oppositions of opinions, are softened and made approachable by seeing them in an art form. Disarming, yet approachable. I develop work in the Assemblage genre with hot wax medium; juxtaposing ordinary found or manufactured objects to represent a particular social or political dilemma.
I ponder the thoughts of two young Mexican boys as they stare at a child’s shoe hung from barbed wire, twice I have experienced Newtown 26 bring people to tears, silence a room with introspection, and then inspire conversation among strangers. The content of my work resonates with the general public: people who can "see" that things they care about are important enough to become art.