Variations on ‘Brad’- Pop Art Meets Human-Animal Relationships

Pop Art, meet Human-Animal Relationships.

Variations on ‘Brad’ © J. Maricevic, 2021

Let’s be honest, Dogs know everything. Whether we verbally tell them our thoughts, or they feel our energy, or the energy of a situation; Dogs know.

And it was that all-knowing, canine superpower, that inspired my original, Roy Lichtenstein-esque, digital representation of the human-animal bond.  For those unfamiliar with Lichtenstein’s artistic style, he incorporated the name, “Brad” in some of his Pop Art creations.  It is important to note that Lichtenstein never referred to this “Brad” with a positive connotation. 

For my piece, I emulated Lichtenstein’s use of the name, “Brad,” with the intentions of having “Brad” be any ‘one,’ or any ‘thing,’ that impacts an individual’s physical and/or emotional welfare and security.  

Wait, what about that canine cognition connection?

I know, from personal experience, that an individual’s physical and mental strength is restored, and their emotional fortitude reinvigorated, by the unconditional love from their four-legged friend.  Dogs have the ability to identify when a “Brad” is lurking in the crevices of their person’s mind, or in the shadows of real-life, and Dogs know when, and how, to intervene. The selfless-love of the all-knowing, canine companion, reaffirms a human’s sense of self, and in turn, sends the message to “Brad,” that this human, their human, is strong, confident, and supported.

So, “Beware, ‘Brad’,” for nothing can deter the Empowered, especially when a Dog is right by their side.

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