Over the past several years, I have become increasingly fascinated by imagery and history from the “wild west.” Edward S. Curtis’s photographs, Fred Zinnemann’s classic 1952 film, High Noon, and the near extinction and relocation of every indigenous presence standing in the way of western expansion have all contributed to the inspiration for this work. Anagrams of the heart-warming phrase “home on the range” belie the romanticism of Manifest Destiny, while the bison, sandwiched between an oncoming train and the viewer of the work, has no apparent escape from impending doom.
- Art form: 2-D
- Medium: charcoal on Hahnemuhle paper
- Width: 150"
- Year created: 2013
- Height: 90"