Thursday, October 9, 2008

Mammon

Webster's dictionary defines 'Mammon' as: 1) the false god of riches and avarice. 2) riches regarded as an object of worship and greedy pursuit; wealth as an evil, more or less personified.

Below is a little painting I did when I was in grade 11 at High School. It's interesting to look back at very old drawings and paintings, to try and catch a glimpse of the person you were. Looking in a diary is a similar experience, but the differences seem to be more obvious. So a painting needs a bit of a second look and a scratch under the surface to reveal a bit more of your historical self.

This very early work focuses on money and attitudes to money, and how this relates to the management of our time and well being. 'The Card Players' with their little piles of money and focused attention have become oblivious to the fifth player - the person with the clock face.
Their arms have become separated from their diminished bodies, as if they are viewing the cards, like viewing television.

I suppose the Sunday School lessons of childhood and conservative family attitude to money, shine through this early art work. To me the message still rings true and is relevant for our times. The opiate of the moment is the odour of burning money, chained to our ankles. Our freedoms are eroded the more materialistic we become - by trading something that is greater for something that is less.

When did art become just another form of entertainment?

2 comments:

  1. How relevant and how true. so interesting to see your earlier work and the attitude you felt. How odd too, that when we went to Vegas many card game tables didn't have human dealers but tv screens to play cards with. To me vegas was like a wal mart of entertainment for the masses (the whales are the one's who support vegas and play in the shuttered gloried rooms away from the public).

    So what do you think of the gold Kate Moss sculpture?

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  2. Dad, you are the most interesting and smart person I know...

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