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|"Nabi Yunus, Florida Man (238)", oil on burlap mounted on canvas, 16x20". For sale on Etsy.|
The painting evolved as I worked on it. The placement of the words was determined by the original shape of the objects in the painting. At first in the foreground was a large stone head excavated at Nabi Yunus in Nineveh, near modern-day Mosul, Iraq. While I worked on the painting, I learned about the terrorists destroying this and other ancient sites. I'll admit that I'm ill-equipped right now to comment directly on what is happening there, but it definitely was on my mind and filling me with disgust.
The background was based on a painting by Bishop. She made several small paintings in addition to writing poetry. This one was of the armory building in Key West, Florida. Nabi Yunus was the location of the armory of Nineveh. Bishop was inspired by Paul Klee among other artists. Klee made many paintings on burlap.
While I worked, I read several books about Florida (as well as the Assyrians). I learned about the human-caused destruction of the Florida Everglades, which also disgusted me. I hope to return to these topics, to do more than just feel disgusted, but for now this is what I have to offer.