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Painting: Enamel, Acrylic, Wood, Found Objects, Paper on Glass, Paper, Wood, Other.
This mixed media artwork is a statement about anthropocentrism, or human exceptionalism in the modern world. It speaks to the view, supported by some religious doctrine, that humans are the supreme life form on earth - justifying the exploitation of its land, animals, and minerals for the priveleged use of mankind.
Eye of the Beholder was originally inspired by the compelling natural form of a large root, that appeared to me reminiscent of a distorted animal skull. The colors were chosen as a way to accent the drama of the natural form, and with the addition of a silver tint to sections of the art, it took on an unsettling suggestion of nature being unnaturally metallized or reproduced as a cold, hard, and unworthy facsimile. To further the symbolic statement, and as a way to attach the root to the wood panel, it was secured and strapped with a series of wires - restraining, and bonding it to the irregular surface.
Recessed within the central opening, or hole in the front of the root, is what appears to be a reflective, dark eye, staring back at the viewer, accusingly, and tragically - pointing out that we are all witnesses to the degradation of our planet and the extinction of an increasing number of species - and by our very being, share responsibility for the suffering our civilization's ravaging ways have wrought.
Size: 48 W x 24 H x 5 in