Katrina, 2006, oil on canvas.
Oscar Page, Jr., American born 1943. 76th Juried Show at the Woodmere Museum of Art, Philadelphia
The security of New Orleans was militarized during the Katrina hurricane in 2005.
An alternative denied by the war chief to the current North American president to deal with this troubled moment.
In 1997, Congress and President Clinton approved the transfer of surplus military materiel into the hands of police.
Military materiel, arms, tactics and body armour have been in more widespread use among the police since 9/11.
It isn’t called ‘war’. There are other synonyms passing under the rubric: law and order.
It is almost as though there is a longing for war
as though democracy has run riot and only military force can quiet the demands, the complaints, the requests for redress of grievances
and impose ‘peace’ which is really the quiet of an intimidated people.
Note the dog.
It is a bare suggestion of a dog and not painted as fully as the other characters.
It stands as though alert but confused between the boy and the soldier.
It appears to denote both our attachment to dogs and the use of dogs in police and military work.