The Dawn of a New Beginning?
Acrylic and gold, silver and copper foil on Canvas – 36” x 48”
The Dawn of a New Beginning? tells a story about the artist’s struggle with feeling unseen and “unnoticed” in the gay community. In a last-ditch effort to be seen, the Party Octopus (who also represents excessive partying) blows up his home town – that desperate for attention. The irony is that when you look at this painting, all you see is the explosion – and not the Party Octopus.
The Party Octopus also represents the artist’s propensity to hide from his problems with alcohol and weed (Abusive Robot is sober and in active recovery). Substances allowed Abusive Robot to act without fear of being perceived as “less than” for his stature, etc. and often led to bolder actions – of course with consequences.