Response to Machiavelli (2003-2005)
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This series of paintings highlights the role that morality does (or does not) play in our political discourse. Machiavelli proposed in his book, The Prince, that the “ends justify the means;” this series of paintings responds to that premise, offering a moral perspective on political issues. The paintings are based in the words of some of history’s greatest social and political philosophers, including Nelson Mandela, Gandhi, Mencius, Meister Eckhart, Baal Shem Tov, the Sufi masters of Islam and many others.
After reading about these issues, I use both figurative and abstract images to explore them in paint. Broken and slatted wood supports (metaphor, perhaps, for the abysmal state of politics today?) are contrasted with beautiful color, mysterious glyphs and the almost cartoon-like representation of a populace that is strangled by the pretensions and emotional immaturity of its leadership.