The Political Leadership Debate
2008 12 x 19" 30.5 x 48 cm Hand Pulled Serigraph 19 Stencils Edition 54, Artist Proofs 6
This political art had a very specific moment of inspiration. Because I prefer using animals in my art, I have a political animal cast, including a fox, a rat, a weasel, and a snake. I like to keep my political animal memes clean, this is meant to be humorous, but at the same time, to make a point.
I was listening to a radio interview with a politician one day. Gradually I stopped what I was doing, and just stared at the radio slack jawed. What the politician was saying bore no resemblance to the truth; it wasn’t even a shade of gray, what he was saying was simply not true. He was speaking forcefully, and peppering his dialogue with words like absolutely, and of course. If I had not known better, I would have been sure based on his conviction, that he was speaking the truth. The interviewer let the politician speak without interruption for quite a while, finally when the politician finished what he had to say, there was a noticeable pause, and then the interviewer said, “Can you explain where you are coming from with that, because history does not bear up what you are saying.”
As with any stereotype, a small minority ends up painting all politicians with the same brush. This serigraph is not dedicated to all politicians, only to those few who knowingly mislead. No animals were directly harmed in the creation of this serigraph, but I do extend my heartfelt apologies to any foxes, rats, weasels, and snakes out there who may be offended by my callous use of stereotypes.
This serigraph has participated in the following International and National Exhibits;
Eccentricities - Scarborough Arts' 26th Annual Juried Exhibit, Papermill Gallery, Toronto, National 2011
1st Annual AIRS Exhibition, Federation of Canadian Artisit, Kelowna B.C. Canada, International 2010
Repressed V: Free to Speak, Gallery 5, Richmond Virginia, USA 2010
What’s the Big Idea, Northbrook Public Library, Northbrook IL, USA 2009
Lines into Shapes, Art Center of Estes Park, Estes Park, Colorado, USA 2009