Self-Hatred in the 1990’s
Acrylic on Canvas – 36” x 48”
In this piece the artist is represented as the bird, Tinitir. Tinitir is a closeted gay child growing up in the 1990’s. Unable to accept that he hates himself for being gay – and therefore is a miserable, self-loathing teenager – Tinitir distracts himself with all the gossip and news of the 1990’s. Focusing his unhappiness outside himself instead of dealing with his internalized self-hatred and homophobia.
From the Balkan Wars, to Heaven’s Gate to Y2K – Tinitir is surrounded by a whirlwind of events that he deems the “source” of his misery. All the while he is only attacking – and killing – himself.