Inspired by the Edward Hicks paintings of the Peaceable Kingdom, Peter Barbor is exploring the myth of the founding of America through sculptures of the peaceful animals and their chimeric counterparts, using ceramic and other materials. Barbor suggests that America itself is a chimera, with a body made of disparate parts, fighting with each other, and threatening to destroy itself from within. At the same time, an optimism Barbor attributes to his Pennsylvania roots, explains his desire to unpack and understand the distortion of the peaceful scene Hicks imagines, in order to attempt to keep moving toward the ideal. If we illustrate how our society is falling short of heaven, perhaps we can determine how to get closer.
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