WAYNE GAGNON

Artist and Poet

March 2013 Installation of “The Dove”

My mural/painting titled “March 20, 2003: What Now?” (also known as “The Dove”) will be on view at Food For Thought Books in Amherst, MA during the month of March, 2013.


March 20, 2003: What Now?
6 x 6 ft, acrylic on four plywood panels
©2005,Wayne Gagnon

March 20, 2013 will be the 10th anniversary of the beginning of the Iraq War. I’m not a political activist. I am not a political artist. In fact, politics rarely enters into my art work. However, back in 2003, I experienced unease, discomfort and insecurity in the weeks and days leading up to the impending war in Iraq. This uneasiness inspired several sketches. As the war escalated, these drawings ultimately turned into a mural-sized painting.

For me, this is not directly a political piece. It is my emotional (gut) reaction to an intense situation for which I did not like the direction of travel. It portrays fear, confusion, paranoia, helplessness, frustration and angst all wrapped into the warm embrace of peace and hope.

Since this painting was created in 2005, it has been installed for short stays at a number of venues in the Pioneer Valley. I’m pleased that, after many years in storage, it is going to see the light of day again.

Details
“March 20, 2003: What Now?”
Month of March 2013
Food For Thought Books
106 North Pleasant Street
Amherst, MA 01002
http://www.foodforthoughtbooks.com

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