Can you tell us what initiated this artwork and what inspired you?
Drawing goop, drips, peeling and melting matter is a beautiful challenge for me. I love the idea of capturing the process of nature reclaiming culture over a period of time. While some parts of the drawing look deflated and sagging, the red dripping can also be perceived as blood. I've even had some people comment that the white dripping was evocative of semen. Talk about porn culture! I love hearing all kinds of interpretations. Each interpretation is unique. You know you've created art when you see you've touched people at the core of what makes them unique.
What can you tell us about the symbolism in this image?
I made this artwork indirect reference to the Mueller investigation into Russian collusion.
In a way, I was trying to illustrate the limited life cycle of Trump's legitimacy. The porn culture reference makes complete sense when one refers to Trump. Ironically, I view his involvement with Stormy Daniels as his only contribution to American culture.
I have always been anti-Trump. I could have drawn a caricature of him but I vowed to never replicate his likeness in any way. Instead, I'm inclined to do everything I can to unsee him. I'd rather concentrate on depicting the effect he has had on society and on the institutions Americans hold dear. I wish America integrity and vision for the 2020 election. 20/20 vision for 2020.
It may seem trivial, but why did you illustrate dripping rather than use an actual photo of dripping?
I opted for a line rendering of the dripping to add irony to the image. A felt marker drawing is always an interpretation. A line drawing carries information that the eye reads like words on a white page. I wanted to emphasize the fact that this image was derived from observation and that it is a concept. Dripping and melting are the opposite of growing and evolving. I think we get a better sense of that due to the way the image is treated.
In your image, you want us to see not one but two stars. Can you explain that to me?
Yes, there are in fact 2 stars superimposed in this image. One in the foreground and one in the background. The white star surrounded by blue and red is a symbol of the American flag and the free world. However, one can clearly see a red star peaking out. There is a sharp, red, pointed tip that sticks out like a dagger dripping with blood. That star was intended as a symbol of Russia. It is a reference to the five towers of the Moscow Kremlin that are topped with pentagonal red stars.
The blood was meant to symbolize Russia's involvement namely in the Syrian Civil War, the Venezuelan crisis and North Korea. Supplying nuclear weapons to support oppression and conflict is only the tip of the red bloody star.
What has the reaction been so far?
I've had a very positive reaction to this image. Friends of mine who wore this on a t-shirt have reported getting many inquisitive looks. People are naturally drawn to the artwork and try to understand what it means. Stars are not supposed to melt.