acrylic on canvas – 30X30X1.5 inches

Wary of referencing a portrait I’ve seen replicated 1,000 times, with this series it was inevitable. From a quote about perspective and judgement, the inspiration to use this iconic photo finally came:

Look down at me and you see a fool. Look up at me and you see a god. Look straight at me and you see yourself. – Charles Manson

Bottom of a cell, or from the outside looking in — perception is reality. Mass media programs the TV mind more than meets the eye. On one hand belief empowers, on the other it incarcerates. Do you believe what you see? Or do you see what you believe?