I painted this surrealistic painting shortly after the event. It is Acrylic and ink transfer on paper.Original is 30 inches by 43 inches. Headline transfer is from the LA Times dated 17 April 2007.
I have never painted something from the headlines, but this story moved me. We often read a headline with a number of victims – but I wanted to visual show what 33 victims would look like. I only managed to include 29.
I depicted the shooter with a fishbowl for a head: I was going to show it empty, but then had it with innocent goldfish being chased by an aggressive Japanese Fighter fish. The goldfish bowl represents, to me, the enclosed environment of a college/school campus. The shooter has no genitalia (“no balls”)- representing his cowardice. Strong hands pull him into the earth – representing Mother Earth exacting her revenge/ justice.