Flirting With Extinction
Acrylic & ink on canvas, 36x36 (triptych together)
Petition for change and help save wolves from extinction HERE
The current plight of the Eastern North Carolina Red Wolves inspired me to bring red wolves to your attention. When I first started researching these guys there were about 18 left in the wild. Just this week, research says there are about 9 left!
Urbanism is a gigantic problem as we are running them out of their own habitat so we can just develop some more.
I depict urbanism symbolically throughout the painting, using bright patterns resembling noise, land borders and subdivisions overtaking their habitats.
Hunting is probably the latest biggest problem. After the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service caved to pressure, private landowners today, are allowed to kill Red Wolves on their property. Crazy!!
Adjusted policies and behaviors would change their current plight towards extinction.
I often infuse my work with clusters of symbols organized in different ways. These symbols represent all aspects of life on the planet, like biology, chemistry, alchemy, technology, mathematics, pop culture, tribal symbols and icons of my own.
Humanity’s impact on our world is so profound and life altering that it seems all exists either in chaos, perpetual conflict or imbalance between humans, technology and nature.
Going through creating these clusters allows me to organize and digest the chaos, and literally open up space to breathe within the work and myself. Otherwise, all open space would be filled with chaos.
My work, though it tells hard truths about how human behaviors and consumption habits affect life, it is about hope that the human race will create a sustainable planet where life and technological advances can live in balance.
Setting is provided by pictorem to show aproximate scale only