Kill That Eagle series, 2018, works on paper, watercolor pencils on paper, 22 x 16 inches each.
KILL THAT EAGLE
Kill That Eagle series is inspired by the tradition of political satirical maps, fables, symbolic identities and stereotypes,
The series is named after the serio-comic map "Kill That Eagle" by John Henry Amschewitz, published at the beginning of WWI in December 1914. In the map, the eagle refers to Germany, which has its claw on Marianne’s bayonet, while its other claw is being pulled by the Russian bear. Austria is depicted as a clown with the head of an ass in one hand and Italy croons the song lyrics, “You made me love you, I didn’t want to do it…,” written by American Al Jolson and first published in 1913. Britain is illustrated as a domineering John Bull accompanied by the words “Business as usual,” a patriotic phrase coined by British businesses to indicate that business would continue in Britain despite the war.
The human personification of continents and countries can be seen as early as the 14th century (on maps by Opicinus de Canestris), human and animal metaphors on maps reached a new level in Europe between 1845 and 1945 with political cartoon maps when political leaders were often caricaturised and European nations were given symbolic identities that lent humour and accessibility to the geographical map.