“Optimism," said Cacambo, "What is that?" "Alas!" replied Candide, "It is the obstinacy of maintaining that everything is best when it is worst.”
"If this is the best of all possible worlds, what are the others?"
The Great Divide II, 2016
Created after the election, before DT took office. The aftermath was even bleaker then expected. DT does not care about the people of America, he only cares about looking good, being popular. His abuse of power is causing great unpopularity around the world. The question is, is Pence even worse for America? They say at least he is a seasoned politician...he has an understanding of diplomacy works. We need to prepare for four years of unrest. To gather together for a strong fight to fix the direction that the United States of America is heading!
This series was influenced by Joaquin Miller's book, "The Building of the City Beautiful". I stumbled across his book from 1905 at Strand bookstore, NYC, with beautiful pages and gorgeous tattered edges. I applied black gesso just below each title and created my personal vision of city beautiful. It is an intermingling of theories and cultures, a city where from chaos comes unity.
I found the language too filled with religious content, so I redacted it. From this darkness emerges new life. The outcome is my interpretation from his title, each page a new experience of the theme.
Upon further research, the poet Joaquin Miller, turns out to be an extraordinary character. Born either in 1839 or 1841 in Indiana, in a town he claimed his father founded while heading West by wagon. He worked as a pony express rider, fought Indians and then joined them for a year, and finally found his resting spot in Oakland, California, now called Joaquin Miller Park. He was a great believer in quality of life with natural surroundings.
"The park's 500 acres are heavily wooded with coast redwoods, coast live oaks,
and pines. Many of the trees were originally planted by Miller himself.
The Oakland Hills location provides panoramic views of the San Francisco Bay
area. The park features include miles of hiking, biking, and horseback
riding trails, an off-leash dog area, an amphitheater, and picnicking." Joaquin_Miller
An election year like never before. An artist's job is about reflecting the times as they are a'changing. Well here it goes! I am expressing. I live in the great world of NYC, and people are becoming more aggressive, with our president elect's permission. A man deeply absorbed with his best interest in mind, with no regard as to how the real world works. He is so incredibly out of touch with the people he made promises to, and yet they bought his rhetoric and now we all will pay for that insanity. How did this come to be?
A new idea for a children's book encounter: the child tells you, the listener, a story of their own creation. Each page, book encounter, leads to a new and mysterious story. Encouraging the child's mind to imagine...
An early evening stroll through Green-Wood Cemetery, NYC, displayed an above normal array of animal life. Below are some of the creature sightings. Typically I see and hear frogs, geese, and turtles. This particular evening was filled with ground hogs and young raccoons running around in search of food and water. The monk parrots are always found here, they have a huge communal nest on the Gothic entrance of the cemetery, on 25th Street.