The Seven Wonders of the Ancient World

This series takes inspiration from giant robot and kaiju battles and Martin van Heemskerck's print series of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, engraved by Phillip Galle in 1572.

I wrote a blog post explaining this series, and how it fits into my larger body of work. It is appended here:

When I was little I used to draw these monster fights in cityscapes, much like those seen in my other prints. I returned to this sort of imagery because it was comfortable for me and because I felt like it is eminently accessible—something I want my art to be, at least on some level. While I was making this art, a former professor remarked that they have this weird pathetic quality to them. And they do. Are they fighting or dancing? I think some of it comes from my aesthetic borne from watching monster movies in which the characters are really just these men in big rubber suits. and those can’t be nimble. They look cheesy to us now. But I also think about how Godzilla was originally seen. In a darkened theatre, by people who had seen atomic bombs dropped on Nagasaki and Hiroshima, not even ten years before. And people who were enduring more nuclear testing that was affecting their fish and even killing their fishermen. Radiation poisoning was very real for them. And seeing this movie about an atomic beast that gives off radiation, with his keloid-scarred and blackened body. And watching this movie where there are bomb raid sirens and there are crumbling buildings. The booming footsteps wouldn’t have been scary because of some giant monster, but because they would have sounded eerily familiar: the sound of firebombing. People screaming and running from fire coming from the sky. Thunderous booms and Godzilla’s screeching roar of twisting metal. That is terrifying. And how that came to us viewing it as a silly rubber suit. Fighting or dancing. How unthreatening violence becomes. I am thinking about that.
So having the Seven Wonders come to life, as giant monsters, destroying each other. It is nations at war. It is violence and death become mundane and silly and benign; and it is eminently accessible. I’ll show them to my nephew and he will like them.

Stone lithograph, 2015 Stone lithograph, 2015