Melancholia
Melancholia
Oil on Panel
12"x16"
2020

This painting, inspired by Albrecht Durer's "Melancholia 1," was done during the Covid Pandemic and the last year of the Trump presidency. Hopes for the future of the planet and for a non-fascist government became bleak. I tried to think of a melancholic image that wouldn't read as kitsch. The result was a bumble bee impaled on the spire of a gold prison. The flaming forest in the background evolved into a something oddly sinister. Surveillance Capitalism appears. There's a malnourished dog and a young man wearing a tribal mask. Masked rituals have had many powers ascribed to them, including healing psychic illness and restoring mankind to a pristine state.