now, scapegoat - by Pete Treglown (click image for larger version)
now, scapegoat - by Pete Treglown (click image for larger version)

The picture 'now, scapegoat' has as its main part a photograph of a Lake District scene, taken from a 1950's book of black and white photographs cut up with that of a Reaper drone. This idea is to bring the reality of hi-tech warfare and its associations into the idealised English landscape so as to question the imperialist and nationalist dogma of the War on Terror.

The other elements are from paintings by William Blake 'The Blasphemer'; RB Kitaj 'Lake Erie Shore' ; and William Holman Hunt 'The Scapegoat'. There is an accidental connection between the Blake and Hunt images as they both illustrate parts of the book of Leviticus. In any case I like the stone throwing at the goat whilst being watched by an intense nurse.

The NOW statements are there to tell us that this is about the immediate present and that any action to alter the situation must be enacted immediately. Apportioning blame and creating an enemy (the other) is part of the imperialist and nationalist strategies of neo-liberal capitalist countries and has been exacerbated in the aftermath of the attacks in Paris.