This a painting by Mark Edmonds based on a particular world map. That map is from a board-game I played as a child, exploring the 'magic' of the second world war stripped of context and violence. 'Indoctrination' is an attempt to realize the relationship between childhood innocence and the cynical adult, by questioning the values that would frame warfare in such a way. This work is part of a larger philosophical analysis of the values of modern western society, I challenge the notion that a war that involved the deaths of millions should be re-contextualized and packaged in 'user-friendly' fashion and subsequently marketed at the most impressionable of us. Nurture, Nature the idea of indoctrination is to impart beliefs on others who lack discernment and are incapable of questioning there validity.
Mark Edmonds graduated from Staffordshire University in 2013, since then he has been working professionally as an artist. Prior to attending higher education Mark had worked as an interior decorator and Photographer. He often uses the knowledge and skills he acquired in these professions to shape his artistic practice. In addition Mark has a keen interest in philosophy, history and spirituality, themes which are often recurrent in his artwork.
Size: 146cm by 84cm
Box Canvas on Board
Information: Mixed media painting on board, includes plastic resin