Hope everybody had a great weekend! Well, I have something a little different for you today. It’s one of the pieces from the series before the Confidence Man: ‘Fallow Ground’. This one is called ‘Seeing the Elephant’, and it’s sort of about the Civil War and the South, but really it just uses those things as a stepping stone into something else. I mean ‘Moby Dick’ isn’t really about a guy obsessed with a whale is it? No. The title ‘Seeing the Elephant’ refers mostly to experiencing combat for the first time, or learning a very hard lesson. ‘We have seen the elephant, gentlemen…’. This painting will always be tied to Nick Cave’s album ‘Henry’s Dream’. I was listening to it incessantly at the time. The dark Gothic (like Poe, not Marilyn Manson) feel of the record seemed to line up perfectly with this piece. Have a good day everyone!
30″ x 92″
latex enamel on wood