Save Our Children

2018, papers, drawings, fabrics, photos, ink, pencil, pearls, holes, feathers, 25 x 34 inches.

Gun policies in the USA are abysmal and not changing .  Art is my only power. I sometimes collaborate with children.   Their self-portraits are always honest and telling.  One of my sons made a portrait of himself that his brother destroyed with indelible red ink. It was serendipitously perfect for a bloody boy.  I took the other children’s smiley faces and turned them into screaming mouths. They stand in the literally bloody fishless sea (that we have also destroyed by over-fishing and trash).  I imagine that our children have spilled at least a good-sized blood lake from all past shootings.  The sky is inspired by the painting by Karl Freidrich Schinkel “Sternenhalle im Palast der Konigin der Nacht”, 1815. It is from the “Star Hall” of the Queen of the Night in the Magic Flute by Mozart. The child angel is flying up to the firmament on high while the guns and sticky blood continue to flow.