Oil stick & acrylic on canvas, 60" x 50". 2018.
Jeremy : "A couple stand obliviously as their house burns behind them. The image captures the state of affairs in America after the series of events that culminated in the election of Donald Trump as president in November, 2016.
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."