This series explores ideas about masculinity, brutality, and beauty in light of the impending end of human life on earth.
The paintings speak the language of European portraiture, momento mori, and still life, viscerally illuminating the grotesque traditions of killing for sport and war, trophy collecting, and the indoctrination of these social mores in boys.
The ethical construction of male behavior begins inescapably in small ways from the earliest childhood. Through a combination of biological drive and consistent socialization, boys become habituated to inflicting pain or standing idly by as others do, and to collecting trophies of their exploits.
The paintings do not depict graphic images of violent acts, only their aftermath. Through isolation, images are treated as icons and take on allegorical properties; objects for contemplation.