Studio and Film Portfolios > Comfort Me, Said He

Oh! For the Love of God
Charcoal
72" x 42"
2012
Praying Sheep
Pastel
30" x 40"
2013
Mother and Child no. 2
Charcoal
42" x 72"
2012
Alpha Male
White Chalk on tag Board
42" x 28"
2012
Oh! For the Love of God, No 3
Charcoal
42" x 72"
2011
Comfort Me, Said He, No.2
Charcoal
68" x 42"
2012

My interest in creating large-scale drawings of sheep began when I was teaching a comparative anatomy course. I took students on location to the sheep barn on the campus of the University of Minnesota. As I began to visit this location more frequently, my interest in the metaphorical and mythical potential of the relationship between the domestic flock and their keepers grew, and I’ve raised these questions in this suite of drawings.
I became fascinated by what happens formally and the sensation that occurs within a heightened paradoxical space of description (fact) and invention (fiction). Are these sheep coming or going? What is about to happen; what has happened? Where and when did this or will this take place? The perceived illusion of space and time in these drawings must remain negotiable and psychologically ambiguous. Much like the characteristics of a myth, the symbolic forms of the sheep and their keeper often express inner conflict and discord. In this way the images prompt questions about social and political conditions, and about philosophies of cultural values. There is no defined narrative for the viewer, but the images suggest, ever so softly, many possible outcomes.