This piece represents a journal of uncertainty during the current pandemic and finding resilience within the surrounding flora. Members of my family who were present during the painting process found the images to emote darkness or a sense of burden while I found comfort and strength.
The figure is not suffocating or weighed down, but is given enough room to breath. The figure is not strictly in front of or behind the environment, but is firmly wrapped and almost emerging. The plant life is not delicate as they have dark colors and sharp points, but it still has a flow and a sort of elegance that brings peace to my mind.
Progress pictures are included as an ode to the highly experimental nature of my design process that was largely guided by my day to day experiences. Depicted plant life was found through local exploration in my area. The succulents are an adaptable species while the black elephant ear requires abundant nutrients and cannot tolerate dramatic changes in it’s environment.