In The Weeds
Acrylic & ink on canvas, 36x48
$2500 (Scroll down for purchase details)
Did you know frogs are also facing a pandemic of their own?
This piece was initially inspired by the current plight of frog species around the world. Through some research I learned that they are threatened by climate change, loss of natural water landscapes, and an amphibian pandemic known as Bd, which is spreading like wildfires throughout several populations of frogs across the globe. The fungus manifests via skin lesions and redness and is responsible for condemning hundreds of other amphibian species to decline or extinction.
Click on the links for more info Scientists Seek Urgent Action | The Invasive Species Compendium | A Pandemic Threat to Frogs
This painting started in the weeds with little hope in sight. It is hard to absorb the reality of us humans facing a pandemic, let alone learning that frogs have been dying at alarming rates for the past 5 decades due to a deadly fungus.
However, as I completed this piece, I have been pleasantly surprised by the daily sounds of thousands of frogs I now hear in a nearby pond. I have seen them in the pond as well and they appear healthy. While I know the threats will continue, I am encouraged that healthy ones still exist, and after reading several research papers about this, I do have hope that science and research are on this.
I infuse my work with bright colors, which inject optimism and reactivate a mindset. I often represent filters flowing through my subjects in tightly organized clusters of symbols inspired by binary code, pop culture, archaic lettering, mathematics, alchemy, and my personal iconography.
The symbols and the agonizing process to cluster them neatly represent a way to come to terms with simultaneous realities of connectivity, chaos, and conflict between man, technology, and nature.
The process of repetition is cathartic and gives me a way to organize this chaos and conflict, infuse harmony and stability, and renew hope that mankind will find a way to create a sustainable planet where life and technological advances can live in balance.
Setting is provided by Freepik - staging to show approximate scale only
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