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Field Notes + In the Studio

A collection research notes from the development of The American Imagination and a behind the scenes look at the creation of the mixed media pieces depicting myths and tall tales.

 Inspiration board and paintbrushes.

Inspiration board and paintbrushes.

 In 2017 the Trump administration released 2,800 previously classified documents related to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Among these documents is a letter from an FBI informant claiming that the slain Dallas police officer J.D. Tippit (who was was killed about 45 minutes after JFK) was the real gunman responsible for Kennedy's assassination. While many theories abound as to who killed JFK, the recreated mystery man in this chapter of The American Imagination is modeled after J.D. Tippit. Pictured here: to the left, a test print in the studio and two the right, portraits of J.D. Tippit.

In 2017 the Trump administration released 2,800 previously classified documents related to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Among these documents is a letter from an FBI informant claiming that the slain Dallas police officer J.D. Tippit (who was was killed about 45 minutes after JFK) was the real gunman responsible for Kennedy's assassination. While many theories abound as to who killed JFK, the recreated mystery man in this chapter of The American Imagination is modeled after J.D. Tippit. Pictured here: to the left, a test print in the studio and two the right, portraits of J.D. Tippit.

 FBI informant memo, naming JD Tippit as JFK’s assassin.

FBI informant memo, naming JD Tippit as JFK’s assassin.

 Mixed media print in progress at the studio. Pictured here: The recreated depiction of the first nuclear bomb ever detonated, created from a photograph of a family at White Sands National Monument in New Mexico. The bomb was created with gouache and pastels directly on the archival inkjet print.

Mixed media print in progress at the studio. Pictured here: The recreated depiction of the first nuclear bomb ever detonated, created from a photograph of a family at White Sands National Monument in New Mexico. The bomb was created with gouache and pastels directly on the archival inkjet print.

 Kris Davidson in the studio.

Kris Davidson in the studio.