Cleavers Stroke

“Cleavers Stroke”, 80 x 40 cm, tree cut from book “Detroit Dissembled, photographs by Andrew Moore”. 2011.

Detroit, once the nation’s fourth largest city and the epitome of US industrial wealth and might, has been in decline for almost a half-century. The city is now one-third empty land – more abandoned property than any American city except post-Katrina New Orleans. Cleavers Stroke uses Detroit as a metaphor for a collapsing sense of ego, self-destruction and listless disillusionment. I see the image components as being the consequence of human action, or lack, while the tree, and nature, as the redeemer.

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