Industrial Military Complexity
Industrial Military Complexity
Oil Paint and Oil Based Paint Pen on Canvas
W72 x H48 x D1.5
2014

When making this piece I was considering the implications of the "goodness" of man, given his/her historically documented predisposition toward social processes that differentiate, alienate, marginalize, and eventually dominate, as described in various models in state-building theory. I felt somewhat deflated by theories that state that identity is constitutive, often constructed based on identification and accentuation of differences held between groups, and that a tendency might follow naturally to alienate, marginalize and profit from this status imposed on "the other". I wanted to communicate the darkness of this theory of socialization.