|"It's too hot for me!"-Shanghai |
About 3 months ago I came across images of Kabuki theater masks online and couldn't help but notice how well the masks reflected emotions, well, that's what they're supposed to do! I then decided that I would make a series or group of miniature paintings inspired by Kabuki theater/The Scream/Ancient Meso- American Art as visual reflections of the recession. There is no official name for the series yet, but I have a few ideas. For the past two years, I have been going different art galleries on and off in the San Jose/ San Francisco area and I felt like no one wanted to tackle the recession. Maybe I just hadn't seen it??? *shrugs* Were all the artists displayed super rich students of expensive liberal arts schools who don't feel a bit of it? I highly doubt it, but maybe that's the case. While I didn't blame anyone looking for a form of escapism,certainly even perpetuating it myself, it think when it comes to recession related art, we've really been lacking it.