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Past Exhibits:

Columbus Art Festival, Columbus, OH. June 11-13th, 2017.

Telfair Art Fair, Savannah, GA. November 11th-13th, 2016.

Provincetown Art Association & Museum, Provincetown, MA. January 15th - February 28th, 2016.

Hudson D. Walker Gallery, Fine Arts Work Center, Provincetown, MA. from March 18th-23rd, 2016.

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Friday, December 12, 2014

Spectacularly Dying

Savannah Contemporary Artist Isaac McCaslin
Isaac McCaslin, Spectacularly Dying, oil on canvas, 60 in. x 50 in. 2014
        The inspiration for Spectacularly Dying began with an elaborate burial ceremony organized by my young nieces and nephew for an accidentally killed lizard encountered on a camping trip at the Rio Grand Reservoir in New Mexico. 4 months later I painted this work. In the painting, a snake eating a rodent is a spectacle of death for the kids, thus sparking an impetus of empathic awareness.  The rodent is in the midst of a death squeeze at the moment of acceptance, within the cycle of dying.  This ‘Dying Acceptance’, is where the feeling of freedom shifts from ‘being free to choose’ to ‘being free of choice’.  If I feel anxiety in facing chaos and/or order, a balance between choice and acceptance should be achieved so that I can feel freedom.  ‘self-sustainment at all costs’ should yield to  ‘passing the torch in preparation for death’. The mythological Chronus eating his child echoes the snake eating the rodent. Here, Chronus is a Tyrant, an extreme manifestation of the desire to keep power and order by consuming his child.  As grotesque as it is, this spectacle gives credence to the notion that time creates and destroys. Order will unravel into chaos and chaos will coagulate into new regimes of order.





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