Anonymous Series : mixed media
After living in New York City for several years, maintaining a studio presence there, I am now back in my Michigan studio. I continue to work in mixed media combining encaustics and drawings carved into wood. My current series, Anonymous, was sparked by the work of sociobiologist E.O. Wilson. Educated in biology, I have always been perplexed by the destructive nature of Homo sapiens; how the species as a whole cannot nurture and protect its natural environment. That combined with living in NYC left me pre-occupied with imagining a life form more suitable for this planet. Each scene in the series is a powerful place of essence and simplicity inhabited by weightless figures of peace and tranquility. Without ego, gender, age, religion, anger, fear, possessions, the forms in each work are harmonious with one another and the earth. I think of them as individual spirits yet connected by energy or perhaps like trees, linked by gossamer fine mycorrhizae. They are capable of carrying truths that are beyond the intellect.
Are they survivors of an environmental apocalypse? Has Homo sapiens evolved into a virtual species?
The critical question we must all address is this: Are human beings capable of inhabiting Earth without destroying the natural environment and if so, how?