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The New Miasma

Artwork Gallery

an oil painting of two overlaid nude figures, heads are becoming plant life, arms dripping with dark viscous substance
an oil painting of two overlaid nude figures, heads are becoming plant life, arms dripping with dark viscous substance
an oil painting of two overlaid nude figures, heads are becoming plant life, arms dripping with dark viscous substance

Artist Statement

Artist Name: Olivia Paré

Title: Willful Decay

Medium: Oil paint on canvas

Size/Dimension: 36" x 48"

Year: 2020

 

Artist Statement:

As the harmful consequences of the use of fossil fuels on the environment have been acknowledged for decades, conscious pollution of the earth's atmosphere is long-lived and ongoing, with little indication of cessation. The biosphere, now polluted and dominated by the adverse effects of human activity, is represented by the figures in my painting. Thick, glossy, dark liquid like crude oil leaks from the human fingertips, slowly contaminating the rest of the body, illustrating a sort of self-inflicted withering. My work can be seen as a cautionary piece: a reflection of the viewer as a mass contributor to environmental destruction.