MICHAEL BEDARD SITTING DUCKS
FINALLY BACK IN PRINT!
Bedard's Sitting Ducks is printed with Archival Ultrachrome Inks on Epson Premium Luster Paper which measures approximately 24 inches x 20 inches.
In the early eighties, Bedard was looking
for a way to express a broad range of feelings about the human condition
and wanted to use humor as a vehicle for addressing very serious
issues such as vulnerability, alienation and anxiety, as well as
social and political observations.
Michael Bedard chose the
duck because it symbolized the vulnerability and attitude that comprises
the human psyche.
The duck character was an excellent choice because
of the nature of the animal itself. Even though a duck is vulnerable
to attack by superior forces, this wonderful creature displays an
aggressive attitude when confronted by danger. The duck's only defense
is this bluff that creates uncertainty and fear with its adversaries.
This attitude is what has made the duck an appropriate icon for
challenging the problems that threaten us all.
The duck characters immediately struck a chord with
people about how fragile we feel in these modern times. The illusion
that creature comforts create a safety zone from the dangers of
life is so pervasive that many actually hide behind these paper-thin
walls and feel protected.
The "Sitting Duck" message pokes a funny
hole through this fragile concept. It shows that even when one is
having a "safe" moment relaxing with friends on a lounge
chair with a favorite drink; one can suddenly become a target of
one of life's merciless hunters. That theme of vulnerability carries
through the Bedard duck series and has al