Oil stick & acrylic on canvas, 36" x 48". 2017.
Jeremy : "Two figures in a jacuzzi relax; one holds the head of a man out on a brass platter while a third lurks behind them. A house fire is apparent in the neighbourhood in the distance.
The colours and overall tone of the remainder of the image don't square with the severed head in the center, lending the image an uneasiness, again, continuing a theme from my painting 'Blue Room (Leda and the Swan)'.
Much of my figurative work explores themes of identity, power dynamics, and relationships between persons and groups. Recent paintings continue to react to the seismic shifts in the current American political landscape, the subsequent effect on society in and outside of the United States, and the changing concept of what it means, and has meant, to be an American both at home and abroad.
American moral authority and influence has waned across the globe with the rise of neo-conservative and then alt-right views in the mainstream body politic. By blurring the lines between truth and falsehood, these actors have created a society of mutual distrust and suspicion. I try in my work to capture and reflect on the resultant layers of disappointment, fear, and exhaustion present in these times."