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Put Away Childish Ways
Put Away Childish Ways (Congressional Recklessness)
Acrylic spraypaint on canvas
48" x 60"
2013
$6000

In October of 2013 the 113th United States Congress nearly brought the U.S. and world economies to ruin with their partisan brinksmanship behavior. This painting is representative of their actions at that time. The Capitol Rotunda is the setting and Congressional members are represented as children in timeout, capturing the childish behavior many were exhibiting at the time. At the center is a bomb (the earth) encircled by global currencies thereby representing the catastrophic global implications of a US fiscal default. Presidents Grant and Lincoln, who have been removed from their statuary bases and are watching over the misbehaving children, are the authors of the famous quotations graffitied on the paintings behind each, quotes that addressed the situation at hand.