Paintings (2014 – Present)

I aspire to use Butterfly Art to promote equality for the LGBTQ community, women, and people of color, as well as a universal right of migration for all people.

2016

Gay_4

“If today’s so-called fundamentalists really believe they have found their way to Truth, why should they feel threatened by non-believers, why should they envy them? ”  (2016)

40″x30″, oil, hand-sewn threads, canvas

True_Love_3

“A friend is someone I can betray with love.”  (2016)

40″x30″, oil, hand-sewn threads, canvas

Gay_2

“True universalists are not those who preach global tolerance of differences and all-encompassing unity, but those who engage in a passionate struggle for the assertion of the Truth which compels them.”  (2016)

40″x30″, oil, hand-sewn threads, canvas

Gay_1

“Like love, ideology is blind, even if people caught up in it are not.”  (2016)

40″x30″, oil, hand-sewn threads, canvas

Large_Sewn_Butterflies_1

“The true ethical test is not only the readiness to save the victims, but also – even more, perhaps – the ruthless dedication to annihilating those who made them victims.” (2016)

40″x30″, oil, acrylic, hand-sewn threads, canvas

Large_Sewn_Butterflies_2

“See you either in hell or in communism.” (2016)

40″x30″, oil, acrylic, hand-sewn threads, canvas

Small_Sewn_Butterflies_1

“Human Reason cannot be reduced to the result of evolutionary adaptation; art is not just a heightened procedure of providing sensual pleasures, but a medium of Truth.” (2016)

20″x16″, oil, acrylic, hand-sewn threads, canvas

Small_Sewn_Butterflies_2

“It is the ultimate irony of history that radical individualism serves as the ideological justification of the unconstrained power of what the large majority of individuals experience as a vast anonymous power, which, without any democratic public control, regulates their lives.” (2016)

20″x16″, oil, acrylic, hand-sewn threads, canvas

Small_Sewn_Butterflies_3

The experience that we have of our lives from within, the story we tell ourselves about ourselves in order to account for what we are doing, is fundamentally a lie – the truth lies outside, in what we do.” (2016)

20″x16″, oil, acrylic, hand-sewn threads, canvas

2015Bull&butterflies_large

“I like to search for class struggle in strange domains. For example it is clear that in classical Hollywood, the couple of vampires and zombies designates class struggle. Vampires are rich, they live among us. Zombies are the poor, living dead, ugly, stupid, attacking from outside. And it’s the same with cats and dogs. Cats are lazy, evil, exploitative, dogs are faithful, they work hard, so if I were to be in government, I would tax having a cat, tax it really heavy.” (2015)

24″x36″, oil, hand-sewn threads, canvas

Bull&butterflies_small

 “I do all my work to escape myself. I don’t believe in looking into yourself. If you do this, you just discover a lot of shit. I think what we should do is throw ourselves out of ourselves. The truth is not deep in ourselves. The truth is outside.” (2015)

16″x20″, oil, hand-sewn threads, canvas

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“What makes us happy is not to get what we want. But to dream about it.” (2015)

20″x16″, oil, hand-sewn threads, canvas

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“Q- What makes you depressed? A- Seeing stupid people happy.” (2015)

20″x16″, oil, hand-sewn threads, canvas

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 “The one measure of true love is: you can insult the other.” (2015)

20″x16″,oil, hand-sewn threads, canvas

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“Words are never ‘only words’; they matter because they define the contours of what we can do.” (2015)

20″x16″, oil, hand-sewn threads, canvas

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“An enemy is someone whose story you have not heard.” (2015)

20″x16″, oil, hand-sewn threads, canvas

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“If you have reasons to love someone, you don’t love them.” (2015)

12″x12″, oil, hand-sewn threads, canvas

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“Love feels like a great misfortune, a monstrous parasite, a permanent state of emergency that ruins all small pleasures.” (2015)

12″x12″, oil, hand-sewn threads, canvas

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“For the multiculturalist, white Anglo-Saxon Protestants are prohibited, Italians and Irish get a little respect, blacks are good, Native Americans are even better. The further away we go, the more they deserve respect. This is a kind of inverted, patronizing respect that puts everyone at a distance.” (2015)

12″x12″, oil, hand-sewn threads, canvas

Untitled

“Beyond the fiction of reality, there is the reality of the fiction.” (2015)

12″x12″, oil, hand-sewn threads, canvas

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“Our biological body itself is a form of hardware that needs re-programming through tantra like a new spiritual software which can release or unblock its potential.” (2015)

20″x16″, oil, hand-sewn threads, canvas

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“We feel free because we lack the very language to articulate our unfreedom.” (2015)

20″x16″, oil, hand-sewn threads, canvas

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“When I really love someone, I can only show it by making aggressive and bad-taste remarks.” (2015)

12″x12″, oil, hand-sewn threads, canvas

2014

2015-4-10_Robin Blesses The Bull

“The Robin Blesses The Bull.” (2014)

30″x40″, oil, canvas

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