Trumps signed executive orders to approve the Keystone and Dakota Access Pipeline, on my birthday no less, January 24, 2017. Well this wet plate artist will not stand idly by without making an artistic statement. The shoot was immediately planned and the composition woke me from my sleep. It is an artist's responsibility to use his or her art for change. Kevin Tengesdal was very kind to model as our Commander in Chief in the spur of the moment.
"Art isn't for ovation but expression" per Kim Olson
My symbolism for the plate as described by Kevin himself -
Feather: Native Americans; Skull: Death of Native American Culture; Flag: Patriotism; Money: Wall Street / Trump; Tutu: Arts & Culture; Mustache: Hitler; Crown: Self-Imposed Royalty; Oil; Legs: Woman Issues, Men's Issues, LGBT Issues; Crotch: Grabbing America by the Balls; Darkness Encroaching; Necklace: Chains that Bind; Belly: Gluttony of America; Pinched Fingers: How little many Americans care.
Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio was founded on October 4th, 2012 by Shane Balkowitsch.