Americana is a series of new works that are part of a social realism that is created through the use of iconic and emblematic American imagery. These are memories fused with brand name image of an emerging American culture of the time. The working classes is no longer seen as a heroic monumental figure, but a struggling social class set against a post war time era.
The goal here is not to be political in any overt way or with any political statement or agenda….but rather a matter of factness that depicts daily life for many. The viewer is able to focus less on stylistic innovation and instead, to refocus on the narrative.
We are connected through our stories: our triumphs and struggles. At one point, that was part of the American creed: the ability and pride, that, with enough grit, determination, and hard work, we could make a living and life for ourselves beyond the circumstances in life. Have we lost that as Americans? This work is an investigation into those questions. Behind all the marketing, advertising, and hype - what is the reality of American life and the American dream today?