Saturday, February 25, 2012

#&@%* Influences – by Charlie Macias

Ha! Little Devils! Little devils whispering in her ear.

Many of Doris’ works show someone or something trying to be of influence. In this case it’s the little devils. You know how I feel about Doris’ malevolent fairies (Oct. ’11). She’s also depicted other “authorities:” more devils (March ’10), bird-mongers (May ’11), jaguars (June ’09), and mermaids (last month).

If you are weak, less-assured, or easily manipulated you better look out. You better be mighty careful. You’re constantly being targeted, tested by seen and unseen forces. These may be human or otherwise. Are you losing free thought? Are you losing control and self-direction?

There are many forces that want you to be just like them: advertisers, consciousness-benders, fashion-setters, religious leaders. Do you know the difference between a positive force and a negative influence? Do you know when to say enough is enough? Can you tell when you’ve crossed the line?

And what is the line?!

Doris, why must you raise so many questions?!!