oil on canvas, 24″ x 30″ || sold || purchase prints
I made this painting for an exhibit called Sweet & Low: Optimism in a Pessimistic Age at Gallery Arcane in San Francisco. The recent passage of Proposition 8 and the subsequent efforts of Ken Starr (and some other dastardly cohorts) to break apart marriages in the name of family values certainly inspire pessimism. However, I’ve been so incredibly moved by demonstrations across the country in support of marriage equality, and I believe we’re on the cusp of great progress. I chose to symbolize our inevitable victory with my own version of the Noah’s Ark story, complete with some drowning sinners (including Ann Coulter, Larry Craig, Sally Kern, Fred Phelps, and even Pat Boone!), and a grand ark/cruise ship filled with happy gay and lesbian animal couples and a few famous human guests too (such as Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi and Elton John and David Furnish). Even the fictional cowboys from Brokeback Mountain get another shot at love in this epic re-telling of a biblical classic! As the clouds begin to part, a heavenly rainbow appears in the sky to remind hopeful voyagers that full legal recognition and acknowledgement of same-sex love is just over the horizon.
from the Political series