Art: being human

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“Being Human” is an exploration of what it means to be human in the 21st Century.


DejaVu ~ “There was a time when meadow, grove, and stream, The earth, and every common sight, To me did seem Apparelled in celestial light, The glory and the freshness of a dream.” William Wordsworth, Intimations of Immortality. He laments the passing of childhood sensibilities, the ability of a child to see an immortal presence in nature which fades away in adulthood.

I think he’s misguided. If we retained that ability into adulthood, we would live in a state of perpetual knowledge akin to permanent deja vu where nothing in the world would be a surprise and nothing would excite us.

A killer, quite literally.

Drawing: 1210 x 660 | acrylic and graphite ~ sealed | framed board

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Manic ~ An expression of the highs and lows. The vacuity of overstimulation, the sometimes bewildering effect of pure, chaotic joy.

Painting: 900 x 650 | acrylic and oils | cotton canvas, wood framed

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Manic (detail) ~

Prints: Limited edition of 20. 446mm x 345mm approx. signed, numbered and framed.

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In-valid ~ When taxing our wages to pay for it, they call it insurance. When capitalism fails us and we must make a claim, they call it welfare and us scroungers. But the disabled are far, far worse. They are pirates who cynically capitalise on their infirmity for financial gain.

The moral integrity of a society is measured by how well we care for those who need it.

Prints: Limited edition of 20. 446mm x 345mm approx. signed, numbered and framed.

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Anatomy of a scream ~ an extract from a narrative poem Days like these by Rod McRiven.

Scream
your most insistent hush
and their watchtowers
watch us
steal their coughed up cancers.

Our metered hearts conspire
in spite and break us.

Scream
your most sombre thunder
and from watchtowers
they watch
their corpse-men plunder
the mould-dead meat of faith.

Our metered hearts conspire
in spite and break us. . . .

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A girl’s night out: midnight ~

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A girl’s night out: 3am ~

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Burka ~

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America ~

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Pie! Jesus. ~

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Swell #1 ~

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Swell #2 ~

Prints: Limited edition of 20. 420mm x 320mm approx. signed, numbered and framed.

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© Rod McRiven 2015