Lilian Bayley

Region: South

With this series of paintings, I employ the naïve language of toys, models, and plastic dolls to investigate the more unsettling realm of national and international political conflicts. Americans often experience these events solely through imagery absorbed from news outlets. From this safe distance, the presentation of such imagery elicits a range of responses including voyeurism, apathy, denial, self-concern, and impotent compassion. These paintings examine the relationship that develops between the image of conflict, and the consumer of that image. The consumer is represented in each painting by the plastic doll, living in the uneasy utopia of a model world. This world is interrupted by external signifiers that suggest the existence of a greater embattled reality.