Oil on Birch, 2010, 15"x 60"x 15"
This is the first piece I made in a new series of paintings. I have tried to set up a dilemma of sorts, with a lot of different outcomes depending on how you view the painting both physically and mentally. First the painting is split in two and curved out toward the viewer, there is an action on either side of this split with a dubious outcome if viewed head on. But a lot of questions can arise from this. Will the painting itself stop the bullet? Did the universe conspire to reach out and interfere? If the painting is laid out flat does this change the bullets course? If viewed from the side you can't see the bullet or the soldier depending on where you're standing and everything is ok. Or is this just a way to pause time, and mentally save a life?