Global Expression

Global Expression - 2018

I hadn't done a drawing since April of 2017, one that I still consider a sketch.  I've relocated to Grinnell, Iowa, and while I'm sure that after some time here the change of environment will make it into my art, the message I seem to be connecting with at the moment is more global.

All I knew when I began this piece is that I wanted some sort of "calling" face, not screaming, but the face of someone wanting to be heard.  And I wanted that face inside of, or a part of, a globe.  Could this be the Earth itself calling out?  As I drew, I found that I needed the eyebrows and the lower lip to be exaggerated.  I used my face as the guide, but the result began to remind me more and more of an emotionally driven world leader...

The lower section of the drawing is busier; a leafless vine, a heart-shaped crest or emblem that isn't very ornate complete with a numberless clock, a banner with no words, and a plaque or sign to the lower left, also without words.  The globe/face is within another sphere, one that is topped by two masses that appear to be ice caps or glaciers.  On the whole, the unit seems to have life, moving like a cartoon on vine feet towards the left.  There's much more going on down below than there is up top; the environment is stark and icy up there.  The features of the face are oversized, but there are no ears and not much room for a brain.  The eyes are narrow, squinting almost shut.

There are some very obvious political thoughts as I study this piece, but I've never been one to be a politically minded artist.  My work has and always will be a conversation between my conscious and subconscious with my subconscious side opening up the gate to the collective unconscious.  With the structure of today's social media, it is easier to see what is happening in our collective unconscious, so I don't really need to spell out some of the more obvious memes here.  What interests me more are the subtleties that I'm unsure of...there is a link to Alice and Wonderland here somewhere.  The vines have no leaves and yet I recognize them as vines.  The numberless clock has been a part of my artistic language for awhile now and I have yet to really crack that code.

So what do you see?  What do you connect with?  After all, you are also a part of the collective unconscious, so your thoughts and feelings are in here somewhere, too.