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"Dead $ea"   acrylic painting by collaborative artists Ira and Corliss Lesser      1993    72in x 94in   183cm x 196cm          

"Dead $ea"

June, 1993

Ira:     Greed and stupidity are killing our planet.  Greed is denounced yet the idea of being rich is somehow noble.  The majority of people want as much money as they can get regardless it's cost.  They won't  get much since 1000 people own most of it.  The myth of the good life dies hard,  as will we if we persist in our stupidities. 

     This world is finite.  Raped land, dead sea, mass graves.  Where's the profit here?


Corliss:     We speak with images, creating pictorial equations or enigmas.  "Dead $ea" is a simple equation, if man continues to rape the world he lives in, there will be repercussions.


Commentary from exhibition at the Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, California.