A stranger’s approach to the America we all seem to know
In 'Roots And Wings' I set on a journey to examine and reinvent the American Dream. As immigrants have always been the fuel to the melting pot of today's American culture, I utilize the juxtaposition of being rooted as opposed to flying as a free bird to paint a picture of the United States through the foreign eyes of an alien resident.
I pick from an embarrassment of riches, as a multitude of situations in the process of being uprooted and finding new lands to settle down have become the driving force behind my paintings. Roots become a symbol of heritage, just to turn into a gnarly depiction of standstill and ill tradition. A stroke of wings cries freedom, simply to realize that even a free bird needs a nest sooner or later. This dilemma between adventure and the necessity to set roots borrows iconic imagery of typical Americana and puts them in a new context that opens new perspectives on the American way of life.
If America wants to learn more about her own culture, a view through some stranger's looking glass might provide the deciding reason to not simply settle down on what she seemingly knows.