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. Detailed examination of the painting illustrates the idea that OWS protestors are merely cogs in the machine of The State.
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.
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.
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
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Paintings and mixed media in progress can be viewed in the following posts:
Let Them Eat Cake: Part One
This painting was created in order to explore the hypocrisy and double standard in the Liberal community when dealing with the subjects of wealth and status in American society. Liberals would have you believe several false precepts in order to turn you against conservatives and wealthy individuals – things that are not mutually exclusive, as they would also have you believe.
1. Those who are wealthy, got that way by stealing from or taking advantage of someone else.
2. There is a finite quantity of resources, a pie if you will, and the rich are keeping most of it from you. The conservatives help them do this through favor.
3. America is an empire with a caste system, much like an aristocracy, with very little upward mobility. That which is available is granted to friends and family.
4. Wealth is not earned, but rather taken from one group and given to another.
Anyone with a basic understanding of economics can see these falsehoods for what they are; but what about the uninformed voter. As we learned in the recent election, the entitlement mentality, wealth envy and general ignorance of the American people outweighs rational thought.
While I was working on this painting, I came across a CNN iReport called,
A Tale of Two Cities- GOP says, “Let Them Eat Cake” written in December 2010. Aside from the fact that it was poorly written, it gives some insight into the perspective of the people we are dealing with. You have to understand the way propaganda works and the amount of time that it takes to do so to fully grasp how someone could assert the following idea: “While he did reduce government expenditures, opponents in the parliaments successfully thwarted his attempts at enacting much needed reforms. (Obama and the GOP)”.
In the context of the article, this is a clumsy comparison of Obama to Louis XVI, while also asserting that he has cut spending and struggled with unreasonable opposition and defeat of the programs he has tried to institute on behalf of the downtrodden. It is a perfect illustration of the way the Liberal elite twist history and facts to suit their agenda and influence the American public. You can learn more about this issue and some ideas I have for conservatives in The Creative Conservative Action Tools, written by myself and Christopher Cook of Western Free Press.
Because Dickens’ novel A Tale of Two Cities was sited in the article, I decided to grab a copy and read it. Much like the phrase “Let Them Eat Cake”, which has been falsely attributed to Marie Antoinette, I was surprised to find that the book was not a story of the rampant evils of the aristocracy, although they certainly did exist and were represented fairly in the story. It also painted a picture of the ‘revolution’, it’s any-means-necessary and the ends-justify-the-means mindset. One could almost pretend it were a B-rated snuff film with limbs and blood flying indiscriminately if it were not for the historic accounts to back it up as having been horrifically real. The Reign of Terror falls short as a description for the atrocities committed under the pretense of “Liberte`, Egalite`, Fraternite`!” It is quite telling of the CNN author’s mindset that he would assert in his article the idea: “The French Revolution was a dark time in France’s History. That time gave way to increased freedom and more equitable distribution of the country’s prosperity.” I encourage you to read up on the history of the French Revolution if it is unfamiliar to you – we are on much the same path.