Consumed by Consumerism: The World According to Laurie Hogin
The Latin titles are meant to evoke scientific nomenclature, as with field sketches that seek to record or establish taxonomic identification of species (a practice that was obsolete until recently, as scientists are saying that hand drawings often make for better scientific illustration than photographic media). Pax means "peace", and Furor Furoris means "anger of anger". These cranes are meant to suggest emblems or mascots for our current cultural and political "field", in which we are frantic to find peace, but seem governed by anger.
Laurie Hogin’s large-scale allegorical oil paintings of a mutated natural world raise issues of consumerism, sexism, and environmental degradation. Rendered in a hyper-realistic style reminiscent of 17th-century Dutch masters, neon-colored animals populate overgrown landscapes, or pose as the subject of a portrait, for instance holding a bubble-wand (The Bubble, 2008). In her well-known painting Allegory of the Free Market (1997), deer-like creatures sporting tiger stripes and leopard spots—one with a banner reading “laissez-faire” tied to its oversized antlers—frantically race down a hillside beneath an ominously smoky sky. “These creatures in the painting have become rampant because of free market policies,” she explains. “Unregulated use of land has resulted in the destruction of predator habitat. One species becomes unbalanced, in a sense, and overruns everything.”
American, b. 1963