A Mirror On America

“Whose Manifest Destiny?” –36×60 Oil on Canvas

After five centuries, the deplorable treatment of the Native American people has only gotten worse. It is difficult to name a single treaty made with a Native American tribe or nation that has been honored by the American government in its entirety.

 Currently on display in the Scott Leach Gallery

W. Michael Bush

My newest series of works is aimed with a critical eye on our society and some of its most flagrant ills.

The hope is that, with honesty of introspection, we will recover from this period of greed and avarice and begin to see our fellow citizens with more humane eyes.

Our problems are not unique to the United States of America. But they reflect a widespread mentality that has been embraced, sadly, by young and old alike.

This collection is just part of a larger group of works that is designed to stimulate conversation – not argument. I just feel that it is time for all of us to do some soul-searching as to how we might help each other through this journey called life.

So that I may end with a smile, let me paraphrase that inimitable character from the movie “Harvey”, Mr. Elwood P. Dowd, who quoted his mother as saying, “In this world, Elwood, you can be oh so smart, or oh so pleasant. ” Well, for years I was smart…I recommend pleasant.”

 

Students from Mrs Howard, Ms. Murray, Mr Black's classes listening to artist talk.
Students from Mrs Howard, Ms. Murray, Mr Black’s classes listening to artist talk.

Post Author: Sage Davis