Indian Pipe Series, panel #8
The bull bison, a representative of the all-embracing oneness we share, chases an official in riot gear.
Can anything compare to the unity of people on this planet? We, the people, gasped and recorded the tragedies of WWII, slavery, and the harsh colonization of distant lands. We have the ability to rise above the "sins of our fathers". In intelligent discernment and emotional awareness, we can have a very personal and internal awakening that no one is more important than anyone else.
This painting was created on the night the peaceful protesters of Standing Rock were being sprayed with water in 20 degree weather. As I painted, I constantly poured and sprayed water on the canvas creating the drips and watery movement.
In 2016-2017, artist Daniel Kathalynas worked on a series of protest artwork called the Indian Pipe Series. The parasitic Monotropa uniflora plant (AKA the Indian Pipe plant) was symbolized as the pipeline. This is a reaction to the atrocities of unethical treatment of people committed on American soil by the conflict regarding the Dakota Access Pipeline.