LITTERBUGS 

Litterbug Ⅰ,Ⅱ,Ⅲ,Ⅳ,Ⅴ

 

Early in the process, I began to shoot the discarded masks while playing with different compositions. I didn’t appreciate it at the time, but the photo revealed a face hidden amongst all the masks. Do you see the black eyes peering at you? Once I saw this abstract visage, I couldn’t help but be reminded of Henri Matisse’s Jeanettes. Although the mask assembly came randomly, I wanted to develop greater depth of meaning in the portrait that revealed itself. Drawing inspiration from the five Jeannettes, I have produced five unique limited edition portraits of Litterbug.

 

Art imitating life?

 

The Litterbug Song

 

Just look at the world full of beauty and art

What man has created with hand and with heart

His glittering cities saw up to the skies

His homes and his gardens, a sight for sore eyes

 

His playgrounds and beaches, his freeways and parks

What wonders of beauty! What genius! What spark!

Then, why does he go and has to mess it all up?

You ask me who’s to blame?

You want to know his name?

He’s a most obnoxious lug

I call him “litterbug”!

 

Litterbug, litterbug, shame on you

Look at the terrible things you do

Littering, cluttering every place

My, but it’s disgraceful

 

Litterbug, litterbug, where’s your pride?

Making a mess of the countryside

Spoiling and soiling each lovely view

Shame, oh, shame on you

 

It really makes one wonder

What kind of house you keep

On every tour, the world is your

Personal garbage heap

 

You thoughtless litterbug, litterbug, don’t you care?

People must follow you everywhere

Cleaning up places that you’ve gone through

Litterbug, shame on you

 

—written by Mel Levin, from the 1961 Walt Disney children’s animated short “The Litterbug”