Cassie Meder "The Innocent"
.3 mm pencil and gold leaf on cold press watercolor paper in vintage frame
4 inches x 3 inches
5 inches x 3.6 inches
I've been touched deeply by the suffering of innocent people in Syria and Europe as a result of the threat of Isis, and I take ownership of their persecution and the destruction of innocence as someone who would most likely be cut down in that country due to my beliefs.
The dead game, "The Innocent", is a response to the rarity of pureness and trust found within children, yet they are being cut down for something as silly as differing beliefs or bloodline. The game for something as silly as their feathers or furs, or even just their beauty.
Cassie Meder is a model, filmmaker, and illustrator from Portland, Oregon, currently based in Nashville, Tennessee. Cassie obtained her knowledge and craft through eight years self discipline and study; she has never been formally trained.
Her illustration and film work lend to her background in the fashion industry aesthetically, although the inspiration behind her work contrast with nearly the opposite - lying heavily within the religious and philosophical questions of purity and evil. With a natural inclination toward the macabre since childhood, she challenges the adopted norms for pleasing aesthetics and unattractiveness, good and bad, asking the viewer to seek out the beauty of suffering in sacrifice, and to question the shallowness in earthly beauty.
Cassie has embarked on her adventures almost entirely single-handedly, but her lifelong creative support from family and friends and the unprecedented encouragement of her husband are responsible for where she is in her journey today.