“how many walls does it take to build a nation?” 9.5X5.5″ mm on paper, 2017. (c) d. ellis phelps
I think my days of sitting by, being contemplative are somehow over.
Even when I think I have let it all go: the “white supremacy platforms,” the bigotry, the hate speech, the violence, the attacks on environmental protections, the inane ideas that are not solutions…the insanity appears in my art, in wordy comments on click-here-and-we’ll-make-it-better sites, in my dreams.
This piece, created in late 2016 (remember what was happening then?) is one example of Leo erupting. It speaks to the proposed physical barrier between Texas and Mexico and to the myriad barriers that, allowed to persist, will ruin us.