Beyond going “La La La La” with my fingers stuck in both ears to drown out the media, I feel as if I am caught like a deer in the headlights of the red and blue states hurtling down the highway. There is no stopping now. They are either going to mow me down or swerve into the future.
The original image was the one on the right. Taken just before dawn one morning at a stop light. Since I have many beautiful discs now as a result of this series in “intersection” photography, I began working with it without a concept other than blocks of color and pattern. This has always interested me.
It was only this morning after viewing an online presentation of a Sol LeWitt ( a very abstract conceptual kinda guy) retrospective at the Mass MoCA (Mass Museum of Contemporary Art out in western Massachusetts) that it occurred to me that I might make these stoplights into individual headlights that appear to belong to the same vehicle.
Once I looked at the discs this way, I knew right away that it would be the red and blue state divisions so often referred to in the press designating Republican or Democratic leaning states in the US. My abstract photograph became a player in a concept after all.
So much collective thought and anxiety has gone into this election season that it seems quite right that it should end for me on a creative note–and as much a vote for myself and where I personally want to go in my life, –to “swerve into the future” –as it is for my nation. Joe the Plumber and I have priorities, you know.
But, for right now, the Sunday before Tuesday’s election, I’m standing in the middle of the road– (okay on the leftish side of the road, no surprise there)–with the blue/red lights reflected in my dilated pupils.
History, my country needs you to be kind and to be bold.
And I need to be those two things as well.
End of concept.
Let the “Doing” begin.
Fingers and toes crossed and throwing salt over my shoulder, I remain confident.
©Pat Coakley 2008
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