American Family, giclee print, 40” x 60”, 2008

American Family

A large format, composited digital photograph re-staging Gericault’s Raft of the Medusa as an inquiry on the state of the American family, especially in regard to the food they eat – reflecting issues brought up by writers such as Michael Pollan in The Omnivore’s Dilemma.   The image has four characters standing in for the figures in Gericault’s painting, looking towards the horizon for rescue.  In Gericault they have their backs to the viewer; here the parents and the children look past the viewer for hope and perhaps rescue from an unknown agent, perhaps the government, the world, or the spectator.