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Jeff Burgess

Free Member, Seattle

Is this what they want?

This fusion piece is born of sadness for the insanity of killing in the name of God.......................Oh yes, can you see Christ and Mohammad in the pic?

Comments 49

  • Claudia Herron 03/15/2008 20:30

    Very poignant,and insightful.
  • Jeff Burgess 09/26/2007 22:37

    I think that Sarah has explored the symbolism of this piece and has an understanding of its emotional content. As an artist, one tries to convey a feeling and sometimes an image works.........for reasons that are not describable. I will leave it up to the viewer and critic to suggest meaning in the piece and respect the views of everyone. Thanks again for looking and feeling. Jeff
  • Sarah D. Kiefer 07/18/2007 18:46

    well, it is and will continue to be an amazing image for several reasons, including reactions and discussions. it's the stuff of art-critic essays; i'm one of those art critics, so it was really interesting to see others' perspectives on various aspects of the image. it seems to me a work that cannot be merely liked or disliked bc it has a powerful hold on viewers...evident in the comments bc ppl thought about it and that's about the best i'd ever ask for, really... we have only a few vehicles w which to express our opinions here and personally, i've spent years working out how and why we commonly accept words as one of those channels of expression...there really aren't many other choices in this environment, so ultimately, the comments to some degree take over a portion of the influence when it comes down to casting a vote. the fact that any of us found words to explain our choices is wonderful; w an image like this, it's anything but easy to do (briefly or otherwise...haha!!). when someone such as jeff comes along with a work like this or any of his, for that matter, it's nearly impossible to maintain a disinterested (not uninterested, just somewhat more removed from emotional reactions) stance and avoid the reactions that compel, in this case, a vote; in other cases, maybe a sale or an exhibition jury, to see and react as individuals, or en masse. as a writer and 'pixel pusher' i get really excited about such work bc it gets in there and rather than me trying to wrap my mind around it, it wraps itself around my mind. THAT is a successful and effective work as well as i can define it, so thank you, jeff and thank you everyone for the chance to allow my own thoughts about this to develop via your comments. indeed all of that is a daunting challenge and a formidable accomplishment that neither artist nor viewer typically sees coming until it's time to present the work or lay down the words. awesome work!!!
  • Jeff Burgess 07/18/2007 8:45

    To all those who attempted to see the prophets in the image. They are there in your imagination, not reality, so please do not be offended. Thanks all for the positive votes. I doubt that I will ever get into the gallery because there are too many that 'react' to my work negatively. This is ok. I continue to place work in multiple shows throughout the US and my 'art' is positively viewed. The negative politics of fc is a bit too much and quite frustrating, but my acceptance into various gallery exhibits is enough to keep me going. Jeff.
  • Dominique Duriot 07/17/2007 15:22

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  • Dennis Maloney 07/17/2007 15:22

    Yea, Sarah...that is exactly what I was going to say...... :-}) ...big "PRO"
  • Ivano Cheli (1) 07/17/2007 15:22

  • Sarah D. Kiefer 07/17/2007 15:22

    mark, there's always sth new about the topic; individuals' points of view are a lynchpin of critical thinking and discussion. i'd love to see what you wrote!!
  • MWPhoto 07/17/2007 15:22

    Wrote a long discussion about the failure of humans to head the teachings of their prophets ...
    Deleted it ... nothing new about that.
    Good image, Jeff! pro
  • Jacqueline Chay 07/17/2007 15:22

    Brilliant Pro
  • Vesela Maleeva 07/17/2007 15:22

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  • Jaime Crystal Attenborough 07/17/2007 15:22

    pro, amazing and powerful work
  • When 07/17/2007 15:22

    Good art questions tough subjects.
  • Abdul Khaliq 07/17/2007 15:22

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  • Michel Lamarche 07/17/2007 15:22

    Thanks Sarah for this beautiful discovery.
  • Sarah D. Kiefer 07/17/2007 15:22

    frank, i appreciate your pov on this a lot... for me, the perceived compositional imbalances and unclear or as you say convoluted depiction of the prophets are part of the metaphorical strength of this piece. it was a hard choice for the reasons you point out, but i'll try to explain why it works for me: the comp is bottom-heavy bc it's more of the 'earthly condition,' for lack of a better word; it's where the sorrow is and the reality. the upper part w the symbology, reduced-opacity prophet depictions and window show the opposite, a 'not-earthly condition,' so to speak, and literally map the reasons...there's one of those up there, too. it's where the sorrowful might seek answers, try to place blame (on the countries or otherwise), etc., and finding little clarity in this case, continue to divide and war over that symbology, map and definition of what they/we/whomever believes they 'should' be able to find through that window w the hope that one day there may be a clearer answer to look up (or through) and see. this is all based on what i see in the image, and that can change each time it's viewed bc there is so much here to consider and reconsider. i'm glad for your comment bc it's one of those things that you don't know you see until you have to really think and explain it, so thanks! that ultimately makes it a stronger image.
  • Frank Cecconi 07/17/2007 15:22

    I think the message in this pic is lost in the top 1/2 of the composition with the convoluted depiction of the prophets. Needs re-working, but a very worthy and creative concept nonetheless.
  • BRYAN CRUTE 07/17/2007 15:22

    Pro !