This was done for Japanese earthquake/tsunami relief. The theory behind the artwork was this: it’s an appropriated Japanese ceramic and the red circular application of paint, against the whiteness of the object as well as the surrounding environment, is meant to evoke the Japanese flag. In this way, it’s one of the only narrative-driven pieces I’ve ever done — most of my work is purely in the abstract. In retrospect it looks rather gory on top of everything else — but any resemblance to blood, and therefore suffering, is purely accidental. It would have been callous on my part to have objectified the Japanese peoples’ suffering in that way (not to mention overbearing). As a consequence of what this piece represents, I don’t like to look at it.
Resistance - Muse