Veins everywhere, a bloody theme with veins and marbling. The book reads 'Zoo' and 'Art War' and there is something 'spacey' or scientific about the image, as though it had been taken through a telescope - it is no accident that the moon struggles to emerge from the book. The eyes are half-hidden, so is the face underneath the intense light.The one vein across the face? A scar? There is something about the veins that is very ritualistic. They're like body jewellery or like chains (especially given the connotation from the Zoo). It's uncomfortable to look at and I think what's being emphasised is that human beings are not exhibits and art is more meaningful than that.The chains could be seen as tears... Or worse yet, blinding... Is this a comment on the relationship between creating the world in the form of art (our pictures of the world and our 'cosmos') and violence?
The book is the Art of War by Sun Tzu. It is a triple image. The main figure is reading a book and looking at the viewer, it is a play off of a picture of me as a child where my mother snapped a shot of me sitting in the closet, reading the newspaper upside down (I think I was 4) and the look on my face was 'hey I am busy' without a doubt mimicing how my mother used to look at me. The picture is cut with two photos I shot of the pavement and sidewalk and sent through color filters. The crackes in the pavement had plants coming out of them which is an area of interest in photography. I mostly like "It's uncomfortable to look at and I think what's being emphasised is that human beings are not exhibits and art is more meaningful than that."