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"The Taste of the World is in Our Mouth (5 paintings)"

Paintings completed 2002

The following statement was written for an open studio tour in October 2002:

This past January I drew a sketch in a notebook of a man walking, gazing at the ground, with the weight of the world not on his shoulders, but upon his head in the form of a bulbous hat that resembled a globe of the earth. He came to represent the concern I felt about the newly fragile world we live in. The detritus of the World Trade Center was still deep in lower Manhattan then. I listened to the radio, read the newspapers, as if expecting a golden door to open onto a future that seemed impossible to imagine ever again. Instead, there were little explosions in the media that would destroy the infrastructure of hope: I think it was at that time I first heard of the U.S. Defense Department's development of bunker-busting missiles with mini-nuclear warheads, later revealed as a component of the Pentagon's "Nuclear Posture Review." The folly and potential havoc-wreaking effect of that policy still astounds me as I envision other nations falling in line to accept our lead. The dust of the news may never settle--the taste of the world is in our mouth.

That last phrase embodied the guiding idea of the work I made this past year. In January and February it seemed an appropriate sentiment: I believed my art addressed the new existential truth of our collective experience in the United States. Now, in recent months, our fears have trumped our grief, and they have been enlisted to persuade us to support a war that may serve to increase the dangers we must live with. Sometimes I think I have tried to say too much about all of this in my art, and art's limitations, and my limitations, are all too apparent.

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"THE TASTE OF THE WORLD IS IN OUR MOUTH"
Acrylic and mixed media with collage on linen, 51" X 76", 2002

 

"FOR THE PEOPLE OF ISRAEL - RISHON SETZION, SPIEL CLUB"
Acrylic and mixed media with collage on linen, 60" X 77", 2002

 

"FOR THE PALESTINIAN PEOPLE - NABLUS"
Acrylic and mixed media with collage on linen, 60" X 76", 2002

 

"FOR THE PEOPLE OF NEW YORK - LOWER MANHATTAN, SEPT 12, 2001"
Acrylic and mixed media with collage on linen, 60" X 91", 2002

 

"ISHMAEL"
Acrylic and mixed media with collage on linen, 57" X 77", 2002

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