The Vomiters

with essay below

The Ringleader
The Ringleader

lithograph 20 x 27" 2019

The Great Vomiter
The Great Vomiter

lithograph 20 x 30" 2018

The Vomiters
The Vomiters

etching 12 x 15" 2004

Conventional Wisdom
Conventional Wisdom

lithograph 20 x 14 1\2" 2004

Lies
Lies

lithograph 18 x 12" 2004

Safety in Fear
Safety in Fear

lithograph 13 x 19" 2004

Mediagoguery
Mediagoguery

lithograph 17 x 18" 2005

God is With Us
God is With Us

lithograph 22 x 12" 2004

The Ballot Eaters
The Ballot Eaters

lithograph 15 x 18" 2005

Rush of Lies
Rush of Lies

lithograph 18 x 16" 2004

Fear Smear
Fear Smear

lithograph 16 x 21" 2004

Unholy Trinity
Unholy Trinity

lithograph 20 x 27" 2004

Brain Wash & Spin Cycle
Brain Wash & Spin Cycle

lithograph 17 x 22" 2004

Blind Fanatics
Blind Fanatics

lithograph 18 x 23" 2005

Neo-Con Spiracy
Neo-Con Spiracy

lithograph 20 x 13" 2004

The Verbal Farting
The Verbal Farting

lithograph 21 x 23" 2006

Big Vomiter
Big Vomiter

etching 23 x 17" 2005

The Hard Ones
The Hard Ones

linocut 5 x 4" 2007

Chaos of the Four Corners
Chaos of the Four Corners

linocut 5 x 4" 2006

 

The Vomiters Portfolio

 

The Vomiters came into being from the reelection of George Bush in 2004.  My outrage began with my reaction to the sacrilegious hatred expressed by the religious extremists that swept him back into power, particularly following Dick Cheney’s speech at the Republican National Convention in Sept 2004.  This was followed by the sickening realization of how the election was stolen through many types of fraud, further eroding the democratic process.  

 

The Vomiters extended its criticism to the corruptions of corporate media in Brain Wash and Spin Cycle, Mediagougery, and A Rush of Lies (Rush Limbaugh).  It also aimed at the war and fossil fuel industries in Unholy Trinity, two major backers of the Bush administration.  The Ballot Eaters excoriated the stolen election of 2000 in Florida that involved the caging of the Democratic voter rolls and the 2004 Triad voting machine scandal.  Fear Smear represents Roger Ailes, the then CEO of Fox News, vomiting black lies on his audience.  The Verbal Farting shows Bush along with the Republican leaders of the House and Senate Bill Frist and Tom Delay.  And then there were the Neocons…

 

In 1992 I became friends with the art collectors Marcia and Granvil Specks and gained intimate exposure to their internationally renowned collection of over 400 German Expressionist prints.  I learned firsthand an array of graphic techniques which artists like Emil Nolde, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, and Erich Heckel innovated in their woodblocks, etchings, and lithographs.  This included the use of jagged contours carved from the grain of woodblocks, and ragged lines etched into intaglio plates.   I was especially interested in the rough and painterly manner of lithograph printmaking that the artists of Die Brücke had innovated.  The inspiration for The Vomiters series came specifically from viewing the print portfolios of The Robbers by George Grosz, The Lord’s Prayer by Max Pechstein, and The Transformations of God  by Ernst Barlach.

 

In addition I had the good fortune to be influenced by the work of my friend the contemporary Mexican artist Agustin Portillo.  The repulsive and grotesque faces that are the hallmark of Portillo’s paintings inspired the vicious sense of corruption and decadence that marked the faces of various characters in The Vomiters.

 

We have now entered a dark period in American history with the prospect of fascism on the rise.  In November of 2016 when Donald Trump was elected to be president of the United States my disgust and fury reawaken and renewed itself, bringing new relevance to The Vomiters in all the same categories that existed over a decade ago, but with even greater relevance and urgency.  Now more than ever I feel art needs to express the bottomless well of corruption and injustice which his presidency will prove to be, and to speak boldly and powerfully to the ugly heart of the matter.  The German Expressionists excoriated the illusions, hypocrisies and injustices of the Weimar Republic that resulted in the rise of Nazism.  The Vomiters was born out of a spontaneous reflex to many of the same corruptions, warning about the chaotic and unstable times that we face.  Art must become be a clear eyed and unequivocal force to fight against the rising threat that comes from normalizing fascism.  We must learn from the power of expressionist art that warns not allow history to repeat itself - AGAIN!                                                                                         

                                                                                                                                                                 Diane Thodos 2017