Many of us remember the devastation we felt upon the realization that those tiny wiggly things floating in the plastic aquarium full of murky water were never going to become the colorful and frolicsome little crown-wearing cartoon characters we had seen advertised in our comic books. I remember asking my father, "Where are their crowns daddy?" to which he replied, "You just have to use your imagination sweetheart".
In this painting, I wanted to explore the devastation felt by the "Sea-Monkey" himself at the moment he realizes he's nothing but a common brine shrimp. He identified so much with his proud existence as a highly evolved Simian of the Sea and even thought he was better than the others because he wore 3 little ironic fezes on top of his crown in order to stand out from the millions of others.
Title: Dissolution of the Ego Medium: Acrylic and goauche on board This painting will be shown at the DVA Gallery in August, 2006.