Animal Farm

2013 Marker, pastel, collage on Bristol mounted on cardboard 18x24
Marker, pastel, collage on Bristol mounted on cardboard

My inaugural image for the new topic I’m starting now: Expressionism.

If you have read George Orwell’s “Animal Farm” then you might get this.

Back when I read this in high school I was one of those bored-out-of-mind students nodding away into daydream nation, and not really caring about the literary significance of some book about communism and tyranny of the pigs.  It is only about 15 years later that I finally picked up a copy of the classic paperback and realized its importance, and how well it resonates with the current state of our world.

As I become more and more conscious about the abusive nature of the upper elites and the oppressions of the lower pawns, the negative nature of power and money, and the more recent uprisings in the Middle East and the “Occupy” movements held all around the globe, I have begun to see the significance of the author’s choice to depict the villains of the novel as pigs, animals that by general consensus are often associated with gluttony, greed, selfishness, and filth.  And yet with wit and intelligence (as pigs are also widely regarded for) they had managed to elevate themselves on top of the food chain and style themselves as “more equal than the others.”

The quotes in the image is directly copied from the novel, I forget what chapter it was, but it is the part when the pigs learn to walk like human beings, thus violating the original commandments of the Animal Farm: Four legs Good, two legs Bad.

Published by theartistaslisalee

Lisa Lee is an artist and writer based in Southern California. She was educated at Cal State University Long Beach where she received her BFA in Illustration, and originally focused her career goal in animation and/or comic books. After eight years freelancing on various projects from web graphics to concept art she now devotes full time to painting and drawing as well as writing and producing graphic novels. She combines her past experiences in animation and graphic art with the elements of modern masters such as Vincent Van Gogh, Pablo Picasso, Jean-Michel Basquiat, and Keith Haring. Much of her style revolves around Expressionism and Pop Art, and she treats each piece independently of one another; in short, she uses different styles and techniques for different subject matters. Her interests spans a wide array, from social and political issues, popular culture, movies, history, mythology, and her own personal experiences. She tends to shift back and forth between the light and the dark side; her work will often reflect her mood. When not associating herself with art Lisa enjoys movies, listening to music, driving around aimlessly, and occasionally dabbles on weird hobbies such as cooking, jewelrymaking, and picking weeds.

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