Artist’s Statement Number Two
Power wants what art has.
These paintings talk of nationhood and power. Of the exercising and demonstrating of this power, through overt or tangential actions. Of making their mark on the landscape and consciousness, for the benefit of themselves and for the cognisance of others.
Icons of the cold war or national pride are overlayed on maps that represent a world long changed, shaped by the very ambitions that would eventually hurl living creatures into space or create ever more formidable fighting machines.
References from popular culture and art are also present, as the global machinations of nation states are filtered and reflected in the music, film and art of the times, and sometimes used as weapons in the parallel cultural wars themselves.
The works themselves often follow or echo the contour lines, latitudes, longitudes and artificial boarders drawn upon the maps.
If all that sounds rather dull and worthy, I hope the presence of robots, monkeys, space dogs and fighter jets goes some way to meeting perhaps art’s primary aim - that it be visually appealing, whatever that may mean to you.