ART & Politics

 I have always been an admirer of the simplicity and bold statement of Jasper John's work. A couple years ago while on a flight to Los Angeles I thought of an idea for a flag piece of my own. With bullets. Living in the South, people tend to take their gun ownership rights pretty seriously. Well, very seriously, and I believe the hot news topic at the time was U.S. states claiming all rights to individually enforce gun laws, pro or con. 

So, on my way to California where this was being a nationally discussed topic I had this idea.  I didn't know the reaction it would attract when it went on display in a downtown Nashville high rise. It seemed like the younger residents "got" the statement, while the older residents complained loudly to the concierge desk and the president of the board. 

The controversy of this painting spilled into a poignant conversation with a fellow artists. This person was adamant that I was supposed to explain my stance and reasoning for adding bullet casings and bullet holes to my representational flag piece. I thought this defeated the purpose of art entirely, for me anyway. But to each their own. 

Your thoughts?


"State of America" copyright 2013. Mixed media on wood. Encaustic (as my nod to Jasper John), gold leaf, acrylic, spray paint.

Free Art Movement

Picasso was notoriously known for being generous with giving away sketches on napkins and other tidbits to people. I think he had the right idea. Art is beautiful and meant to be shared. I recently was invited to join a movement in my beloved city of Nashville, Tn called the Free Art Movement. It's conception is meant to inspire in the form of "art drops" and what is meant to be a free-for-all scavenger hunt. Many cities and artists have already been involved in this, but in our corner of the world it is a treat to see what my fellow creatives are up to. #freeartnashville

To me this meant a chance to further encourage the community to be active participants in my art. This may seem selfish or self-serving, but I was pleased to know that my little mini canvas and note (see below) helped brighten and even turn around a person's day. This person wrote me a personal account of what had happened right before they "found" my art, with the help of a quick snapshot of its location and posted to the Facebook group page.  

What they say is true. Giving is better than receiving. 

nikia. <3

free art drop. nashville, tn.