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Artwork from my series, The Conductor.
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The passage from the book of Matthew, "Blessed are the Meek, for they shall inherit the earth", served as a conceptual starting point for The Conductor. I asked myself "who are the meek and what happens when they inherit the earth?" I imagined a deserted world now inhabited by a variety of creatures that were broken, in both body and spirit. Among this host, I specifically pictured a displaced corporate mascot, abandoned by a society that once revered him, a stilted beast of burden who has grown complacent with being manipulated, and a puddle-bellied brute fascinated with socks. Scenarios involving these characters and others came to mind that forced me to question how we might reclaim our own missing parts and whether some things are worth mending. Drawing upon influences such as comic books, film, cartoons like Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies, and the dark visions depicted in Goya's Los Caprichos, The Conductor is a reflection on social and economic strife while dealing personal issues such as abandonment, humiliation, and disappointment in falling short of one's ambitions and other's expectations.
"At the Gaping Threshold" Composite photo illustration, ©2010 Clifton Harvey
"An Empty Offer" Composite photo illustration, ©2010 Clifton Harvey
"Dreadful Delights" Composite photo illustration, ©2010 Clifton Harvey
"Separated" Composite photo illustration, ©2010 Clifton Harvey
"Separated" (detail), ©2010 Clifton Harvey
"Separated" (detail), ©2010 Clifton Harvey
"Lost and Found" Composite photo illustration, ©2010 Clifton Harvey
"Puppets" Composite photo illustration, ©2010 Clifton Harvey