Thursday, October 15, 2009
I love allegory and metaphor and I try to use the two as frequently as possible in my artwork. For this piece I was inspired by the playing cards from "Alice in Wonderland." So here you have the army of Spades receiving the surrender of the King of Hearts.
I split the portraits in half. The portraits on the left represent the leaders of the West and the portraits on the rights represent the leaders of the East. At the center in Barack Obama, President of the USA. Beneath each portrait is description of the the title each individual holds in his/her respective country and beneath each title there appears a drawing of each country's capital city.
This was inspired by the traditional Dutch map maker Janzon Blaeu. Once more I have an obsession with maps and it really stems from one of Mr. Blaeu's maps. Mr Blaeu was alive during the 1600s and at the time was the most popular atlas publisher in all of Europe. One of his maps that I am particularly found of was one he published in 1665. It was an immense wall map that was a gift to the Vatican ambassador in Venice. On the top of of the map were eleven portraits of the Kings and Emperors of Europe including Louis XIV, The Sultan of Turkey, Poland's Johannes II and Spain's Charles II. In the center was a larger portrait of Pope Innocent XI. Inspired by Mr. Blaeu's creation, I made my own that depicts the present major leaders of the world. They are respectively Lula Silva (President of Brazil), Angela Merkel (Chancellor of Germany), Gordon Brown Prime (Minister of Great Britain), Nicolas Sarkozy (President of France), Barack Obama (President of the United States), Hu Jintao (General Secretary of the Peoples Republic of China), Dimiri Medvedev (President of Russia), Yukio Hatomam (newly elected Prime Minister of Japan), and Manmohan Singh (Prime Minister of India).