“That's great! It starts with an earthquake
Birds and snakes, an aeroplane
and Lenny Bruce is not afraid”
There is so much imagery in those three lines, the first verse of the REM song "It's the End of the World as We Know It". When you sit and really listen to the words of that song you are bombarded with images. It is a song with a message - pay attention, think, take action.
The past six months have been a life changing time. A disease that can bring death has dominated the news and our lives. People are not going to work, many have lost jobs, restaurants and small businesses have been forced to close down, maybe forever. Then in late May, a MN cop killed a black man for no reason. People hit the streets to protest this killing and the senseless killing of so many others and the injustice that prevails in this country against the poor and especially against people of color. Looting, arson, destruction of barricades, damage to buildings and more killings by police. Violence has dominated the news in the weeks since that killing.Then the virus surged again, the presidential election started to gain momentum, the unstable idiot running this country, who had done nothing to stop this virus spreading across the country, started threatening protesters who were exercising their rights to peacefully protest. He is now threatening the election, claiming it will be rife with fraud and attacking such venerable institutions as the US Postal Service with intent to block electoral options for voters. Everyday something is changing.
My works are mixed media, mostly collage, which can be a media of confusion, of lots of different elements put together in various ways with various materials to communicate a scene. That scene is
"It's the End of the World as We Know It"