In the Great American Way, the parents eat their own. Here you have a parent who is too poor to provide for her four children so she decides to copy the Qing Empire of China who had ceremonies where they ate monkey brains from the live monkey. This continues the circle of poverty and oppression of the children. The parent has turned into a green monster and plays chess while she devours her children’s brains.
Check Mate: Monkey Stew
4’x4’, gouache on water color paper, 2012.