When shown in it's form (above) it raised a lot of questions; what was the purpose of the drumstick, and why was it changed in format from the photo originally? I'll be perfectly honest.... I don't have any idea the exact year this was taken, but if I had to guess it might have been around 2010. So it was in the making almost seven years, but It didn't start out as what you see now. It started as a faux Andy Warhol design that was going to have vectors of the same crow in flight in a row and several columns and one of the crows was going to be the drummy. Let's see if I can recreate it: (be kind, I threw this together in a matter of a few minutes)
So this was the original concept of my vision, and I scrapped it. I thought higher of myself than to go to a faux-Warholian Pop Art well, which isn't a slam against the artist. Where I lived at the time (Palm Springs area) it seemed like anybody who claimed to be an artist could always fall on Pop Art to move... I also need to back pedal again and say I have nothing against Pop Art, but when that's all I see at the time I kinda went with the flow, and thought to myself "Well, maybe my vision will be different." "Maybe my art will be deeper." I suppose my reasoning behind it, trying to come up with a more profound message (if art really has to have one anymore), gave birth to a different plan of attack, and thusly Meat Your Maker began. So after many years of thought between projects I came up with a mindful and colorful Pop Art triptych. The concept was a reflective question: Do you really everyday, every meal, consider where your source of protein, that gives you strength, comes from?
Do you really consider "how the sausage is made"? From a non judgmental position, you should. You should because modern fast food, while convenient, separates you and disconnects. It's in that passion I thought of how this piece was just going to incorporate more than the drummy. I tried thinking of patterns and easily memorable expressive formats, then it occurred to me. A younger me would go with a few friends on a Wendy's run before we gathered around and played Dungeons and Dragons. We would get the "Churchill Special" and get Land, Sea, and Air. I'll save the details on what we ordered to be judged a little less, but it is in that vein (and things in three are more memorable) that I went with a triptych approach. Well, this covers the picture with the past and the seed that grew into the triptych you all will see soon enough. In the "making of" I'll touch base on all the details I thought of throughout the days leading up to the final reveal. Keep checking back this week and next for a few updates and posts about Meat Your Maker, as I'll have an announcement here about a limited engagement related to it. Thanks for dropping by!