To Look is to Think
The potent concoction spelling out Witches’ Brew confronts the viewer with snapshots of the precarious state of today’s global security in which the specter of nuclear war looms large on the horizon. As the denouement of the Lamentations series, the panels in this work map a trajectory from historical to contemporary matters of war that could, if left unattended, lead to untold consequences.
Dailey’s holistic look at global trends delineates key regions of the world and invites the viewer to contemplate the enormity and common threads of the challenges facing present governments and individuals. The cacophony of words that identify trending issues identified in the “brew”—socio-economic, political, environmental, regional, international, systemic, religious, cultural—all individually have the potential to evolve in importance and concern. At any moment, one of these scenarios could trigger a chain reaction leading to a world spiraling into a vortex of nuclear implosion, as illustrated in the last panel. The artist, nonetheless, challenges us to consider the totality of these trends and their consequences as dangers and issues shared by the whole of humankind.
As planet earth dramatically implodes into a nuclear funnel in the last panel, the artist implores his viewers to reflect upon matters too often camouflaged by the confusing onslaught of current events.