Paper Kingdoms. Gerry Gleason. 2012. Selected mixed media works on paper 2009.
Paper Kingdoms is the title of a body of work that I produced in response to the world economic meltdown. The work uses through loose references to Helen of Troy and the siege of Troy from Homer's Iliad and Odyssey.Though history has not always cast Helen in a positive light, I have decided to cast her in a mostly positive light. I think we are all aware that the victors have quite often written a lot of what survives from history, the vanquished do not usually get a look in. So Helen in my series is a complex person, being both heroine, culpable and no doubt like the rest of us gullible at times. The Trojan horse links the series, like the virus of the same name, it was buried deep in our finical institutions waiting to strike.