I came to the subject for my piece while observing relatives watching television. The children would try to get the attention of the adults to let them know about something bothering them, but were ignored until a commercial break when the adults would have time to listen to their troubled children. It was troubling to see that because I know that sadly, the children will grow to exhibit the same behavior if not shown any other way.
In my piece which I am calling “Triumph of the Couch Potato Heads”, I wanted to show what can come to be if appropriate action isn’t taken when it is needed most. Everywhere I seem to look, procrastination is rampant. Kids are impoverished because their parents choose to look for handouts rather than try to earn money to keep their children safe. Thousands are killed because those in power would rather wait for an opportunity to glorify themselves than to act when injustices are taking place. It is in my mind a horrible truth that can be avoided easily simply by taking action when needed. In my poster I wanted the main focus to be the environment. In it you can see the effects of war and famine everywhere. I wanted the sky to show a predictable force that humanity is easily shielded from if acted upon early enough. The four figures in the foreground are the pieces namesakes. All four of the eyeless figures stare blindly at the television set in front of them, oblivious to the devastation all around them as fires burn and the storm approaches. I used anomaly as my gestalt principle in my four “potato heads” to show that not only one type of person is responsible for the well being of the world, but a lack of action by anyone is enough to cause harm. In the end, the potato heads get their way; they aren’t disturbed by the world around them as they watch their television, letting everything fall apart around them.