September 15, 2017

“Dead Horse”, 9 x 12 inches, acrylic and mixed media on wood, 2017 (detail)

In the studio this week, Dead Horse, is one of the paintings in the PipelIne Series, my reaction to the the harmful Dakota Access Pipeline. During one of the protests last October, authorities went after youth on horseback with rubber bullets and canisters. One person was shot off a horse. Outrageously, two horses were shot, one horse died, and two more hoses were unaccounted for. Sadly, in my research, I couldn’t find out any more information about what happened to the other missing horses. The media has done it’s best to keep this story out of the news.

This painting is layered with many thin coats of acrylic medium and mixed media like magazine clippings, image transfers, swatches of acrylic paint and wire. It also contains a transcript of an eye witness who was at the protest. An blind contour drawing of a dead horse on the left is juxtaposed to an image of a luxury vacation home complete with palm trees on the bottom right.