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Artist ID: 2472

My work often employs animal imagery, it is also narrative and draws heavily on the Western literary tradition.
In this work John the Baptist takes on the form of the American Bison. The Head of John the Baptist has been popular theme in Western art. I was always drawn to the story. To me it was the ultimate representation of indulgence, waste, and destruction – carnage for carnage’s sake. That is the story of the Bison and the US westward expansion of the 19th century. There were an estimated thirty million Bison at the beginning of the century, there were less than a hundred by its end. The mass slaughter was a result of a concerted policy which sought to exterminate the Bison as a means to subjugate the native population. It worked.

It is an egregious example of avarice, but it is just one of many. We continue to ravage the world around us, in a constant drive to feed our insatiable appetite with little regard for the consequences.

Pavel Amromin was born in Gomel, an industrial city in the former Soviet republic of Belarus. At age 13 he and his family immigrated to the United States and settled in Chicago. Pavel received his Bachelor of Fine Art with a concentration in sculpture from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and his Master of Fine Art in Ceramics from the University of Florida. Pavel is a recipient of the Florida Individual Artist Fellowship, and has exhibited his sculpture in juried and invitational exhibitions around the country. Currently he is the Gallery Director and Associate Professor at Gulf Coast State College.

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