Misunderstood is a heart-warming, visual reconnection to our favorite icons from original Hollywood horror films. Emotionally charged with the complexities of balancing our fascination with fear and our basic human instinct for empathy, Hale invites us to question our societal beliefs and the dangers of stereotyping. “Sometimes our fear is just a manifestation of what we can’t or won’t understand. At one time or another most of us have been on the receiving end of a misunderstanding—it can be a very isolating experience, often compounded when our voice gets buried in the confusion.” Said Hale.
This newest collection builds on Hale’s debut series “Disestablished” by pushing the dialog from fast-track, corporate ladder-climbing, political rhetoric to the plight of the individual, and the fierceness with which the public finger is pointed in judgement. With his signature color-rich boldness, Hale emphasizes the power of fear while illuminating the familiar humanity we recognize when we extend our charity toward loneliness.
While Hale continues to enjoy his status as a “disestablished” artist, his work is gaining recognition in his native Nashville community. As he continues to release his visual translation of current events, Hale best sums up his artistic perspective with a line from the famed tune by Nina Simone: “I’m just a soul whose intentions are good. Oh Lord, please don’t let me be misunderstood.”