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This piece is representative of a body of work completed following Hurricane Katrina. I was a new resident of New Orleans when Katrina struck the Gulf Coast and luckily received relatively few personal losses as a result of the storm. Therefore I felt it was inappropriate to make work about the atrocities of the flood. However, I did experience the seedy, opportunistic elements that infiltrated the city during the first stages of recovery first hand. When I finally felt compelled to make art concerning the hurricane it was the invasion of these pillagers I chose to address.
Invasion: Stealthy portrays a hunter hiding within the city it has plundered. The octopus alludes to the levee break that washed it inland. It also represents the ingenuity and flexibility of the opportunists who took advantage of the city's tragedy. It camouflages itself with a wrought-iron pattern, a symbol of the continuing strength of the weakened New Orleans
Blake Sanders recieved his B.F.A. from the University of Northern Iowa in 2005, is anticipating an M.F.A. from Tulane University in 2008. His work has been shown in a number of juried exhibitions around the U.S.