American Crow: The Occupy Wall Street Series

The American Crow is a large black bird with iridescent highlights across its body. It has a very striking physical appearance and behavioral characteristics. It is considered an ill omen by some and a dirty scavenger by others. What better imagery could be used to describe the Occupy Movement?

I am currently developing this idea and related imagery into graphic forms via a series of paintings, drawings and mixed media projects. I recently completed the first painting in the series, working out many details in style and technique. Here is a detail from the painting illustrating the idea that OWS protestors are merely cogs in the machine of The State:

Detail of American Crow #1

In an effort to present a factual and reasoned defense of this analogy, I have spent a great deal of time on the OWS.org website and the Occupy Atlanta page in order to learn exactly what they are demanding. It turns out to be just about everything, but that is a topic for a future post. In addition, I subscribed to the Facebook page for Occupy Atlanta in order to get timely updates about events in my area. It’s infuriating at times, but it helps keep me focused and inspired.

OWS journal; study for The American Crow #1
OWS journal: definitions and research topics

For now, I leave you with the culmination of my idea and the model for future works of art depicting what could very well destroy the culture of America.

American Crow #1

About the Painting

American Crow #1

acrylic, tempera, oil, and glitter on gessoed wood panel

22″ high x 29″ wide x 3′ deep

completed August 2012

$650

Please contact frances@machinepolitick.com for purchasing inquiries.

Frances Byrd is the National Director of Liberatchik.com. She is also a conservative political artist and blogger. Her art can be viewed at MachinePolitick.com.

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