Working for the Man
Oil on Linen, 50" x 78"
The tortoise in this painting has been running mercilessly through the desert for a long time. Very simply, this painting is about the concept of “Empire” built by the oppressed working class. The tortoise, often a symbol of longevity and patience in many cultures, is ridden by its oppressor “The Man”. The man dangles the proverbial carrot, which in this case is a small glass jar of water. The tortoise is running, panting and thirsty in the desert. The man points to nowhere and demands the turtle takes him there illustrating the futility of the effort. The Roman helmet is a reference to how the conquering ideology of the Roman Empire survives. Detail included.