Kelly McFadden: Los Hermanos de Destruccion Numero 6

 
  • ©2000, Kelly McFadden

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Title:


    Los Hermanos de Destruccion Numero 6

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Creation Year:


    2000

Medium:


    Ink-jet on Val-Hues photo glossy paper

Size:


    21 inches x 13.5 inches

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Artist Statement:


    Los Hermanos de Destruccion Numero 6, from the series collectively titled Los Hermanos de Destruccion, provides a pop-art take on the mythology of nature, using media to explore ancient themes of humanity’s relationship to nature’s destructive forces.

    Who is this mysterious figure, this menacing Paul Bunyan? She is influenced by Pecos Bill and other American folklore characters, spaghetti Western movies, and Jose Guadalupe Posada’s Day of the Dead cartoons, as well as recent news reports of various natural disasters.

    These giants suggest a 19th century version of the mythical Titans, unleashed in a 20th century apocalypse such as the San Francisco earthquake of 1906. The giants of the old myths had to fall to create our present universe, but they’ve always been with us. The earth was created from the body of Ymir in Norse mythology. Adam Kadmon of the Kabbala supposedly contained heaven and earth within his limbs. Prometheus was martyred by Zeus for giving Man fire. There are all these powerful earth forces. I’m sure every culture has some variation on the Titan story. This is my personal variation.

    All the artwork was created digitally, combining scanned images, images captured with a digital camera, and objects created with 3D modeling software.