Oil stick & acrylic on canvas, 25" x 36". 2017
Jeremy : "A hooded figure dressed in orange fills the foreground with a waving American flag off in the distance.
The image is a pretty obvious reference to the prison at Guantanamo where the US keeps suspected terrorist combatants for indeterminate periods of time.
The title refers to the 'flexibility' in stated shared values that allows people to justify the unjustifiable.
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."