Rein in Your Dogs, Sir! Vintage and decorative paper collage on 1930’s English bank check, 7.5″ x 4″ in, 2018

September 3, 2019

This piece is about the frightening possibility of nuclear war. So much of what is happening in the world today has to do with ego and aggression. The missile in the piece is a photograph of a North Korean “test”. The hunting dogs are straining at their leash held by a gloved hand of an unseen man. The title is a play on the 1851 Ford Madox Brown’s painting titled Take Your Son, Sir! The woman is offering her newborn son, asking the unseen father to acknowledge and take responsibility for the child born out of wedlock. It is a call to action to rein in our darker impulses. Scroll down to see the missile-happy child Kim Jong-un.

Take Your Son, Sir by Ford Madox Brown, 1851, The Tate Britain

An article in the New York Times (today)