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Expulsive Bust, 2008
[EXCERPTS FROM A SHORT Q&A BY PLEIN SUD]
Quelle en est l'inspiration pour cette oeuvre, le message derrière l’oeuvre? The Iraq war troop surge of 2007, also known as ‘The New Way Forward’ is what initially fueled this piece. By the time I completed the piece in 2008, many soldiers were returning home, dead and alive.
Pourquoi peindre avec de la peinture à l'huile ? I actually use acrylic and oil paint. Oil takes on a different form and meaning in my work. I use acrylic to draw with paint, to layer lines and images. Oil is like an affliction to the work, covering up sections, dabbed or smeared in an abject manner.
Où avez-vous trouvé les images que vous assemblez dans cette peinture? Qui est la dame représentée par un buste et les autres personnages? Images are pulled from the Internet and current media - images that sit within our collective subconscious. This particular piece uses generalized images (rather than specific ones, as in my other work). Historical images such as the female bust continue to speak to a contemporary audience, but in ways that are mediated by the present.
Pourquoi pleure-t-elle? I wanted to evoke a sense of coming and going, with a historically nostalgic image of a female/mother, (in this case, suggesting the motherland) powerful yet fragile, looming over the soldier’s heads. She is all mighty while threatening as she expulses excretion.
Que représentent les points rouges et blanc? The viewer is caught between the seductive quality of paint and what it suggests…are the red marks bullet holes, sores or purely decorative? The marks are caught between image and object – a seductive quality of paint that my work greatly relies on.