I had started this painting directly after the Tiananmen Square incident in China but truly never finished. I paired it with my High Coup poem- there, done, so I thought. After writing the Exercise in Perseverence piece, this watercolor on paper spoke to me loud and clear. It is time, you must finish all that you had started. In doing so, I found yet another poem, Rising Coup, from deep with in my subconscious and decided to include it and HighCoup as an actual part of the painting. I hand lettered both poems onto the painting – one would not be complete without the other! This painting is an experiment with words, politics, social injustices and watercolor. The Take Over can mean many things… The coup of government on their own people, a take over of a nation, a coup of economics, etc. The young Chinese fellow wears the red of his country, the blood of his people after Tiananmen Square, a tear drop drips upon his face. And yet, the history of modern China shows another face, one which has gained strength and seems to have bonded with it’s people and rising as a power nation.
– c.e.k. Nelson
To read the High Coup poem, please see archives.