Choices 2 by Janet Culbertson. Baboon contemplating an environmental conundrum, oil, collage, iridescent pigments on rag paper. "In my art I try to balance the tension between beauty and environmental destruction in portraying the changes in our world. Since the sixties I have painted many aspects of nature, the dark volcanic islands of the Galapagos, the fierce beauty of the Grand Canyon, the incredible vanishing animals of Africa. The more I traveled, the more I witnessed these changes worldwide. My response was to paint a Billboard Series and the Industrial Park Series using silver paint, iridescent pigments, and dimensional collage materials that parallel the actual detritus of today’s toxic environment.
In true George Orwellian doublespeak, industry calls its sites “parks”, its clear cutting, “making open space”, its killing, “harvesting”.
Today, with the world’s population reaching 7 billion, and the need for the necessities of life, such as food, water, and education, environmental awareness and active conservation are crucial to the health of the world."
See more of Janet's wonderful body of work at www.janetculbertson.net